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the generation effect

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From this 1978 paper:

The means of obtaining the solution is shown to influence subsequent retention performance; retention of the solution suffers if it has been obtained by remembering rather than by solving the problem.

or, as Anne-Laure Le Cunff summarizes:

the phenomenon where information is better remembered if it is actively created from one’s own mind rather than simply read in a passive way