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 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
May 2023
M3 & M8
4
29th Mar, 5th April, 19th April, 26th April
July 2023
M4
4
25th May, 14th June, 21st June, 5th July
November 2023
M1 & M2
4
4th Oct, 11th Oct, 18th Oct, 1st Nov
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2023
M3, M5, M7
6
10th Jan, 24th Jan, 31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb
May 2023
M4 & M6
4
28th March, 4th April, 25th April, 2nd May.
July 2023
M8
3
6th June, 20th June, 4th July.
November 2023
M1 & M2
5
10th Oct, 17th Oct, 24th Oct, 31st Oct, 7th Nov