Literacy 4-6

Systems Change

Daily Review


Daily review strengthens previous learning and can lead to fluent recall. Reviewing previously learned content on a daily basis strengthens the neural connections over time that are necessary for developing expertise, supporting retention in Short-term and Long-term Memories.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher uses a variety of strategies for students to playfully review Vocabulary. By inviting volunteers, encouraging repetition along with movements, the students practice Vocabulary while also learning essential concepts like vowels and consonants.

  • Beginning lessons with five to eight minutes of review provides regular practice. Daily review is especially important for concepts and Vocabulary that are relevant for the day's lesson, which supports Short-term Memory. For Vocabulary, interweaving (formally interleaving) older and newer words allows students to see and hear each word multiple times, build automaticity, and learn how to apply it in their writing.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how study apps like Quizlet allow students and teachers to create flashcards to practice content regularly. Quizlet incorporates spaced practice research to surface cards that a student is on the verge of forgetting.

  • Designing a quick review of previous concepts, layering ones learned at different times, stimulates recall of the skills and concepts that are necessary to grasp the new content. Developers can insert these reviews before a new level or lesson to support automaticity and consolidation of knowledge into Long-term Memory.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy