Another retention method Ebbinghaus suggested is spaced learning. This method involves reviewing the material during various timed sessions while making sure to take timed breaks in between. By spacing the review sessions out over time, learners get the chance to revisit the material regularly, increasing their chances of retaining it.
Combine built-in-repetition and spaced learning
Combining the repetition and spaced learning methods gives you a higher chance of beating the curve of forgetting. Here’s an example:
Let’s say you have two chapters to teach in a day. You could introduce each chapter during two separate timed sessions while making sure to take a timed break in between. This ensures that you’re engaging the spaced learning method. To end the day, you can facilitate a quick review session where your learners can recap both chapters. This lets you build repetition exercises directly into your course structure.
The image below illustrates this combination of built-in repetition and spaced learning, where the black boxes represent new chapters and the colored boxes represent recap sessions:
Other ways to beat the forgetting curve
Flipped classroom model
The flipped classroom model is one of several blended learning models that combines face-to-face teaching with digital learning methods. The flipped classroom model, however, is particularly helpful for overcoming the forgetting curve.
Consider a traditional classroom setup where face-to-face sessions are used to introduce new material and then learners review what they’ve learned by completing assignments in their own time. Under the flipped classroom model, learners can learn new material in their own time and utilize face-to-face sessions as a chance to ask follow-up questions and engage in discussion.
Allowing learners to think about the material and come up with practical questions in their own time means their learning process isn’t limited to timed in-person sessions. Instead, the in-person session serves as an opportunity to go beyond initial learning and engage with the content more deeply, making it more likely for the brain to store it as long-term memory.
Rethink your content curation
When it comes to sharing resources for your learners to engage with outside lessons, it’s important not to overload them with new information. Curating a list of existing content can be a more effective way to share your expertise rather than creating all-new content for your learners to keep up with.
And creating new content is also time-consuming. By pointing to relevant content that’s already out there and providing meaningful context, you not only save yourself time but also ensure your learners get the resources they need sooner.
Diversify your content to meet different learning needs
As Ebbinghaus’ research suggested, learning doesn’t stop once knowledge has been shared. Learning happens in different stages, which is why it’s important to tailor your content to keep up with your learners’ changing needs.
A concept known as the 5 Moments of Need by Bob Mosher and Conrad Gottfredson illustrates five different moments learners find themselves in, each providing a different way for them to internalize knowledge:
- New: A learning journey begins when new concepts are introduced. At this stage, your learners are taking in still taking in the information for the first time.
- More: After they’ve been introduced to new concepts, your learners will expand on their existing knowledge by taking in more information.
- Apply: Learners benefit greatly from the chance to apply their newly learned skills and knowledge to real-life situations.
- Change: Because new trends are always arising, existing learning content can quickly become outdated. In such cases, learners not only benefit from updated content but also from being prepared to adapt to the new trends in their field.
- Solve: Finally, learners may also face problems along the way where they need to adapt their knowledge or change their existing habits entirely to solve a problem.
Keeping your learners’ various learning moments in mind will help you create a wide range of content. This ensures that your learners are always well-equipped to beat the forgetting curve at different stages.
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