blocked practice


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blocked practice

A means of gaining mastery over a skill by drilling, i.e., by performing tasks or movements repeatedly according to a fixed procedure. Research shows that while blocked practice is superior at improving immediate performance, it is not as effective as other approaches, such as random practice, for retained learning. See: random practice
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Compared with blocked practice, in which a skill is learned by repetitive drilling, random practice, with its frequently modified routine, results in better retention of the skill after training is completed.
Practice Category Description Blocked Practice Order Desired behaviors practiced in separate blocks or groups.
A lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) post hoc analysis of the practice schedules' main effect indicated that the Blocked practice resulted in significantly better performance than the Serial practice schedule.