|Ebbinghaus curve of forgetting
|Tracing the Trajectory of Skill Learning
|Massed Learning v Spaced Learning
|What it teaches us
We forget new information at the following alarming rates:
To counteract this we should revise materials at key points and the forgetting curve is minimalised.
These points are immediately after, 24 hours, 1 week, 1 month, just before the exam
854,064 people learning an on-line game were studied.
Massed Learning (cramming) can lead to over-confidence as large chunks of material are "learned" in a short space of time.
This is dangerous because only small amounts are retained over a longer period.
Spaced Learning (re-learning after short time-spans) leads to greater retention.
This is magnified further when the learning is backed up by "testing" of the re-call
|How acowtancy.com applies it
The classroom section builds in these key review points automatically into your study plan
Classroom works on teaching you by covering past exam questions - practise what you will actually be tested on
It then recaps in specifically chosen phased gaps
It also lends more weight to the more commonly examined topics
Classroom is split into specifically structured mini sessions
The mini session is structured in a diagrammatic style to aid remembering - and also focuses on learning by doing
Each mini session has illustrations and past exam questions built in
Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology, Herman Ebbinghaus
Tom Stafford and Michael Dewar; Dept of Psychology; University of Sheffield
Ed Cooke and Greg Dentre