Spaced repetition in the workplace is the solution to all of your corporate problems. Ok, maybe not all of them, but let us tell you, it works a charm. It sure is one staff learning hack to change your workplace for the better.
The effect of spaced repetition in the workplace is second to none, as your employees are most knowledgable and informed of company processes and products. Using the spacing effect improves learning and maximises retention in a shorter time than traditional learning.
The Spaced Repetition Discovery
If you haven’t heard about Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve, where have you been all this time? In light of his study of quantitative memory research, Hermann Ebbinghaus first identified the spacing effect in the development of his Forgetting Curve (fig.1).
Fig.1. Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve. Figure sourced from Farnam Street.
Ebbinghaus’ graphical representation of the learning and forgetting process illustrates the decay of new information in intervals after initial absorption. The fastest drop in memory occurs after 20 minutes. This is why going over the new knowledge in intervals will help us retain and remember a greater percentage of new material. This means we can recall the information much more accurately and with persistence, it is possible to recall 100% of the information we were originally exposed to.
Spaced repetition in the workplace experience
During times of formal education, such as during school years, learning vast amounts of new information was vital for success. Rote memorisation was often our first resort, memorising speeches, dates, names and languages. However, rote memorisation is not only boring and unappealing, but also blatantly ineffective. How’s that for a waste of time? Enter spaced repetition. Spaced repetition in the workplace overcomes these cognitive constraints by implementing a modern way of learning into your corporate training strategy.
Beyond dates and names, spaced repetition works for remembering a range of information across different mediums, including numbers, practical skills and images. Spaced repetition has an interdisciplinary effect, meaning that it is suited to audiences of different ages, from babies to the elderly, and to a range of topics, from learning colors to corporate training.
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