Remember lesson #4 on short-term memory (STM) upgrading tricks? If not, let the summary table underneath help you shift it into your long-term memory (LTM)!
|Statement||Tips to improve your mobile learning app!|
|STM capacity “magical #7 ”||Propose just a few items by activity, to optimize STM.|
|Mnemonic usage||Use mnemonics to increase STM storage capacity.|
|STM memory duration||Use memorizing activities that stimulate rehearsal training.|
Now that learners’ STM is at the top, let’s examine how their LTM can best take over using tailored contents and activities!
First, encourage “maintenance rehearsal” activities i.e. repeat information: Flash game, challenge, Quiz on Mars. You transfer the information from STM through repetition until it’s committed to long-term storage.
Teach on Mars illustration on maintenance rehearsal activities:
Second, promote “elaborative rehearsal” i.e. plug newly acquired data to existing ones: When information is meaningful and references something that we already know, remembering it is easier and forgetting it becomes harder. Schemas easily allow building up associations between new and learnt info.
Teach on Mars illustration on elaborative rehearsal contents:
Third, Design activities to stimulate data recognition rather than data recall: Challenge, Quiz on Mars, pick a word, fill the gap. It’s much easier for learners to recognize information, such as selecting a correct answer among several displayed proposed values, rather than to recall it from memory, such as answering an open question.
Teach on Mars illustration on recognition activities:
Fourth, Design concrete terms and icons: According to studies, concrete words and drawings (suitcase, sofa) are easier to store in the long-term than abstracts items (opinion, opportunity).
Teach on Mars illustration on concrete design:
Did you know that while sleeping and dreaming , we are reworking experiences from the day, consolidating new memories and making new associations (Daoyun Ji and Wilson theory)!
So, as per the old adage, ‘I’ll let you sleep on it’!
Business school graduate and passionate about digital innovations, Noémie put on her diving suit and joined the Teach on Mars team as Content Manager. She is involved in marketing and events while contributing to Teach on Earth, a social and environmental initiative.