Retrieval is Best Tool for Learning

I used to think that concept mapping and reviewing notes would be the best way to learn material, but Science Blogs reports on a recent study that has found that retrieval works best:

Educators, researchers and students are often focused on getting things ‘in memory,’ so techniques that encourage students to elaborate on the material are often popular. But learning is fundamentally about retrieving, and our research shows that practicing retrieval while you study is crucial to learning. Self-testing enriches and improves the learning process, and there needs to be more focus on using retrieval as a learning strategy.

Hmm. retrieving is related to self-testing.