Megan Smith

Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College
Speaking at

researchED Washington


“Teaching the Science of Learning” – During the talk I will discuss our recent project creating materials to promote the science of learning in classrooms. I will also talk about the empirical work we are doing to test whether our materials to help teach students how to study effectively on their own lead to improvements in study strategy choice and learning. (Talk Co-authors: Yana Weinstein and Cindy Wooldridge)


Megan received her Master’s in Experimental Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University. Megan’s area of expertise is in human learning and memory, and applying the science of learning in educational contexts. Her research program focuses on retrieval-based learning strategies, and the way activities promoting retrieval can improve meaningful learning in the classroom. Megan addresses empirical questions such as: What retrieval practice formats promote student learning? What retrieval practice activities work well for different types of learners? And, why does retrieval increase learning?