If you or your employees are not retaining and applying what’s being taught, there is a good chance it has to do with “how” you are learning.
The majority of us learn (and retain what we learn), only after repeated exposure through SPACED REPETITION.
There is no shortcut.
What is Spaced Repetition? Remember when you were in school and used flash cards in math class, going through that deck a few times a week? At the start, you had to pause before you had the answer, or maybe you didn’t know it at all. After a few weeks of practice, you were able to get through those cards quickly, and as an adult, you probably know your times tables reflexively. Quick, what’s 5 x 8?
You may have learned the principle of Spaced Repetition in your personal life, but it is often needed even more in your professional life.
Professionally, you are often required to learn and use a large amount of information and skills on a regular basis. How can you learn and internalize that information and use skills rapidly and long term?
Spaced Repetition is the process. Spaced Repetition is absolutely crucial to making sure that the valuable new skills you are trying to learn will stick with you and ultimately contribute to your results, and therefore your success.
According to Professor Gabe Teninbaum, a Suffolk Law faculty member, “by using spaced repetition, users are projected to remember 92 percent of the material.”
When is the last time you, or your employees, remembered 92% of a lecture, workshop, training, or seminar? Likely you remember a few key learnings, but much of the crucial context or useful additional steps begin to fade from your memory in a day or two. If you took very careful notes, you can refer back to them. If you have access to a recording, you might rewatch relevant sections. And in doing so, you are creating Spaced Repetition learning for yourself and will retain far more of the information and skills you have invested in!
As professionals, we know that the use of our knowledge, skills, and relationships are the biggest assets we have. If we are going to grow, we have to continue to learn and develop. Learning and development are both a process and the best way to master each process is through Spaced Repetition.
As you think about how and where to invest your training dollars for lasting results, make sure your training and development incorporates Spaced Repetition.
For more information on how LMI Chicago uses Spaced Repetition as the foundation of our programs to support you in getting the results and success you are looking for, schedule a call.