How Does Spaced Repetition Impact Memory?

How Does Spaced Repetition Impact Memory?

The Secret to Impacting Memory

How does spaced repetition tie into Ebbinghaus' Forgetting Curve to help reinforce memory retention?

Understanding Spaced Repetition & The Forgetting Curve

Spaced repetition is a learning tactic that utilizes the spacing effect from Ebbinghaus' research.

Here’s a great explanation from Gwern.net: The spacing effect essentially says that if you have a question, and you can only study it, say, 5 times, then your memory of the answer will be strongest if you spread your 5 tries out over a long period of time.

Timing plays a critical role in reinforcement and memory strength. The time of the day that repetition takes place is also a very important factor.

Organizations can increase the impact of their reinforcement programs by factoring in effective repetition and timing.

Spaced Repetition vs. Training Reinforcement

Training Reinforcement takes the concept of spaced repetition and adds additional layers, making it a more effective solution for behavior change.

Training Reinforcement uses your training content, learning objectives, and expected behavior outcomes to create a goal-based Training Reinforcement program. Spaced repetition can be done manually, but Training Reinforcement allows learners to focus on knowledge retention and lasting behavior change.

Reinforcement programs use your learning objectives and expected behavior outcomes to create a timeline of events. Your objectives are then spaced out over the course of the program to increase knowledge retention. By utilizing a smart, automated delivery platform, Mindmarker uses spaced repetition to increase knowledge retention and create lasting behavior change.

Download our eBook, Moving Beyond The Forgetting Curve, to learn how to utlize spaced repetition in your reinforcement program.

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