Bad Memory – then you need to understand the Forgetting Curve

Memory is something that fascinates me.  I wonder if you also feel like your brain is full and to add another topic to remember means that old memories are lost.  Our memory is best at remembering events with a high emotional load, in an effort to keep us safe for the future.  We remember the birth of children, marriages, losing family members or friends.   Yet I ask students the next day what appeared on their exam and they have already forgotten.  This means we can forget useful information and this is where the forgetting curve becomes relevant.

What is the forgetting curve?

German psychologist, Hermann Ebbinghaus tested his memory over various periods of time. Once he’d gathered all the data, he plotted it on a graph that looked a little something like this:

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What Ebbinghaus had discovered is the fact that we lose memory over time.  The graph shows that when you first learn something, the information disappears quickly, most of it in the first couple of days, after which the rate of loss slows.

In a training context, the Forgetting Curve shows that you will forget an average of 90% of what you have learned within the first month.  So how do we combat this?

  1. Micro-learning to reinforce content, watching different videos, and completing the exercises helps strengthen the memory (the good news is that we have set up our training system to do this for you!)
  2. Remove jargon – make sure you break the information down into common sense (see our 3 tips here)
  3. Make it interactive, engage in the quizzes and assignments to get detailed feedback

We recommend studying with a study centre who has actively designed their material to combat the forgetting curve as this could be the difference between a pass and a fail!

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1
3
2nd Oct, 16th Oct, 30th Oct
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1
3
5th Oct, 19th Oct, 9th November
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 13th June,20th June, 27th June, 4th July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1 & M2
4
4th Oct, 11th Oct, 18th Oct, 25th Oct, 1st Nov, 8th Nov
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 12th June, 26th June

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1 & M2
5
3rd Oct, 10th Oct, 17th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July