Math 3-6

Individual Deliberate Practice

Overview

Practicing until achieving several error-free attempts is critical for retention. While this may seem like an old idea, research confirms that working many practice problems really is an important part of learning math. When learners work independently to repeatedly recall and practice (retrieval practice) new material that is beyond their current level of expertise, they become fluent in the skill and are able to recall it automatically.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Independent practice after guided practice helps reduce the cognitive load encourages Long-term Memory storage. Developing this fluency is crucial for knowledge and concepts that are the foundation for subsequent learning, such as Number Sense. Teachers can support student learning by interweaving reviews of older content and providing feedback to ensure proper retention of accurate material.
  • 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.

    See how Multiplications with Math Mathews includes a practice session of multiplication facts before gameplay. By allowing learners to choose which facts they review, these apps encourage learners to take ownership of knowing what they need to practice to build their Arithmetic Fact Retrieval.

  • Edtech products are particularly powerful for practice work. Mindlessly filling out worksheets is too often what actually happens and is not beneficial. A developer can create adaptive practice problem series. Repeated practice of new material also supports greater Speed of Processing.