Pooja K. Agarwal
Assistant Professor, Cognitive Scientist, & Founder of RetrievalPractice.org
Ten years ago, as a pre-service elementary teacher and college student, I continuously labored in vain. Why did I, and my students, forget information so quickly? Why is student achievement stagnant? How can we fix a broken system? Can we fix a broken system?
In a college course, I had my first encounter with scientific research on human learning and memory. I had no idea such a thing existed. Nearly instantaneously, as I sat in the lecture hall, my frustration about the dismal state of education and my fascination about the science of learning collided. From this single experience, I was determined to explore and understand how learning works, while building connections between educators and scientists to strengthen evidence-based education.
Now, more than a decade later, I am continuing my mission to examine how learning works, apply it in the real world, and transform education. My current initiatives include disseminating research about retrieval practice, publishing findings from cognitive science, facilitating professional development workshops, and collaborating with numerous organizations worldwide.