Microlearning techniques are gaining momentum in the workplace, and for good reason. Have you ever sat in a full day workshop and forgotten most of it even a week later? Researchers often refer to this as ‘The Forgetting Curve’ and studies show that within one hour, you’ve probably forgotten an average of 50% of what you ‘learnt’.
By harnessing how the brain prefers to learn, you can embed knowledge in a much more effective - and long lasting - way. Mastering the art of microlearning also comes with a number of benefits for workplace performance. These include:
So, how does the brain prefer to learn? In mental snacks. Bite-sized pieces of information that are frequently repeated. Think of it like building blocks on top of another to reinforce learning. Here are our top tips to master the art of microlearning:
Have you ever spent a long time working on a task to suddenly ‘hit a wall’? That’s probably because you’ve spent too much time working. Yes, breaks are important for productivity! Working in short, sharp intervals then giving your mind a chance to ‘rest and digest’ is the key to microlearning.
Contrary to what culture may have us believe, it’s physically impossible for anyone to do two things at once. Our brains simply are not wired to effectively focus on more than one thing at a time. You can learn more about focus here.
When it comes to impactful learning, repetition truly is key. Think of it like building small blocks on top of one another to reinforce the learning. Your brain says ‘I’ve heard or seen this before’ and each time makes a quicker connection to what it has already stored in your long-term memory. Repetition keeps strengthening these connections, making it easier for you to recall the information when you need it.
In our age of never-ending information, it can be extremely difficult to effectively develop a new skill. Implementing these three simple steps will help you master the art of microlearning and become your most productive self.
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