Improving Recall

It does not matter if you are an instructional designer or a technical writer. Understanding how people learn is important if you want your audience to remember the information you provide.

My company, Radcom, hosts a monthly book club, and this month we are discussing Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel. This book debunks several misconceptions about the best methods for learning and provides proven ways to improve learning and recall.

Three of the methods to practice recall are:

Retrieval Practice: recall facts from memory. Delay Subsequent Retrieval Practice: try to recall information later after you’ve learned. This is reinforce retention better then immediate practice. Practice Repeated Retrieval: retrieve information over and over until it is mastered.

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