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Did You Know…?

Even if you have a good memory, you’ll forget at least 1/4 of what you’ve learned on the day you learned it.

You will remember:
  • 10% of what you read
  • 20% of what you hear
  • 30% of what you see
  • 50% of what you see and hear
  • 70% of what you say
  • 90% of what you say and do
  • 95% of what you teach others

If you don’t do something active with new information to move it from short-term to long-term memory, you’ll forget it faster than last night’s casserole.

Strategies for Reinforcing Learning

  • Reinforce only correct information. Choose what you want to put into your long-term memory. Practice does not make perfect --- actually, practice (good or bad) makes permanent.
  • Use as many senses as possible when learning something new
  • Make associations between old and new information. Relate new information to something you already know.
  • Make the learning meaningful to you.
  • Organize and chunk information to be learned. Use memory aids such as stories, rhymes, graphic organizers/mind maps, mental pictures, flash cards and mnemonic devices.
  • Learn and then over-learn.
  • Use it before you lose it: teach or explain it to someone else.
  • Review information just before going to bed - your brain will keep reinforcing what you’ve learned while you sleep.
  • Take advantage of “spaced review”.
  • Take breaks during study and review sessions to take advantage of the recency and primacy effects: you have a better chance of remembering information learned at the beginning and the end of a learning event or review session.
  • Have confidence that you will remember.

Adapted from:The Effective Workplace Learner: Building on the Latest Brain Research (WEMSC sponsored professional development workshop)
Nancy Trush, workshop facilitator
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