The Forgetting Curve
- In 1885 Ebbinghaus published his work on memory and retention, which is now known as the Forgetting Curve.
- He estimated that within 24 hours of a tutorial, less than 44% of the material can be recalled.
- At 6 days less than ¼ of the material can be recalled – this leaves 75% forgotten.
- Microprof targets the points in the forgetting curve where information is lost, refreshing your memory and increasing retention rates. This is called Spaced Learning.
- With regular targetted reviews, you build up your long-term memory.
- Studying alone is not enough, studying in time-sensitive stages helps move information from your short term into your long-term memory.
- Spaced learning and review is popular in education in a number of forms, e.g. study plans, practice, repetition.
- Memory keys and mnemonics are memory tools which are popular in fields where a lot of discrete information needs to be learned e.g. biology.
- These are techniques help you to remember information which is otherwise difficult to recall.
- Using these effectively is highly specific to each person.
- Every education system promotes this practice which students often forget to use.
- Microprof facilitates this by allowing you to create your own custom memory keys and mnemonics
- Retrieval practice is a method in which strategic presentation of information improves learning.
- Research in the area of retrieval practice has shown positive results, finding that tests (or short quizzes) dramatically improve learning.
- Everyday examples include games like “top trumps” to teaching medicine , parts of the body and procedures.