Collaboration is a vital skill for intelligence practice, and optimizing team learning environments is one way to ensure students succeed as intelligence professionals. This research sought to understand what factors most effectively facilitate effective collaboration in team-based learning and problem-based pedagogies. Using the Team-Based Learning Student Assessment Instrument, the researchers asked students from two cohorts: problem-solving and team-based, to identify their preferences and recall from team-based and problem-based lessons. Both cohorts preferred team-based pedagogies and reported better recall from team-based pedagogies. The findings suggest that student engagement and collaboration skills can be cultivated in academic settings, especially team-based collaborative approaches.