Whether it is as simple as misplaced keys or as unnerving as walking into a classroom with no memory that a major test was scheduled, forgetting is very common.
One of the first people to study the process of forgetting was a psychologist named Hermann Ebbinghaus.
Ebbinghaus found that it is much harder to retain information that has no meaning for the learner. He also concluded that it takes longer to forget material each time it is re-learned .
Finally, he said that a person will have greater success with learning if the studying is spread out over time.
Repetition is one of the biggest aids to increasing retention. Repetition includes reviewing material from the current program and revisiting of content which has been covered previously.
Timing plays a critical role in knowledge retention but is often overlooked. Delivering your messages at the right time can make all the difference. The time of the day the repetition takes place is essential to the success of the reinforcement program.
Remembering Isn't Applying
Using the Ebbinghaus Curve can effectively help people regularly remember their training. However, behavior change can only be achieved with more advanced reinforcement methods.
In a result-driven training reinforcement program, moves learners past remembering and towards application.
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