Literacy 7-12

Systems Change

Daily Review


Daily review strengthens previous learning and can lead to fluent recall of information and application of skills. 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. This is especially important for concepts and Vocabulary that are relevant for the day's lesson, which supports Short-term Memory. Repeated daily review accompanied with practice opportunities from students can also have positive effects on students' Composition.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this ninth grade teacher uses entry tickets to monitor student learning and give feedback. As a way to review or revisit previous concepts, this quick routine allows students to independently review instruction.

  • Beginning lessons with five to eight minutes of review provides regular practice and can enhance student Background Knowledge. Daily review can include pre-lesson mini tests, short lectures, and short reading passages. Teachers can also pair students to discuss prior lessons. Following these reviews with practice for students can enhance overall student learning, both of content and skills.
  • 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.

  • Developers can design quick reviews of previous concepts across content areas with associated practice opportunities to stimulate recall of the skills and concepts that are necessary to grasp new content and aid in study skills. Developers can also 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