Witherby Point Consulting Inc.

What is the 

Forgetting Curve"?

"The Forgetting Curve" shows that learners will forget an average of 90% percent of what they have learned within the first month.

In the late 19th century, German psychologist, Hermann Ebbinghaus tested his memory over various periods of time. He plotted his findings on a graph as shown on the right.

Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve

How to Improve Memory Recall

1- Training content should be highly relevant to each individual learner.

2- Information is easier to recall when it is relevant and built upon things you already know.

3- Staging frequent training interventions as part of a learning campaign helps solidify the information through active recall.

4- Present your information in a diagram, or create a video describing the learning objective.

5- An off-the-shelf learning resource does not have the same impact as a custom-made one.

6- Give your learners an opportunity to interact with the content through a form of gameplay.

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