Helping Learners Remember What They Learn: 4 Time-Tested Principles
Helping Learners Remember What They Learn: 4 Time-Tested Principles Highly competent instructional designers and professionals now make the most out of scientific research. They usually incorporate new insights, test them and repeat what works. Over time, the weaker insights falter then fade while the stronger ones remain. 1) The Spacing Effect In 1885, psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus found that people forget a whopping 80% of material they recently learned within 24 hours. It's much harder to retain meaningless information.It's much easier to re-learn material than the first time.Learners will experience great success by spreading out their study sessions over time, not by engaging in one-night cram sessions.Instructors and designers can help learners store information in the long-term memory by repeating instruction and spacing it out over time. Pay special attention to the last sentence. Focus on Longer Spacings Vary Your Repetitions Start with simple quizzes spaced over days or weeks.