Why Repeat Training Produces Better Results

Back in 1885, a German psychologist named Hermann Ebbinghaus founded the now-famous “Forgetting Curve” while conducting experimental research on memory. The curve summarizes the learning journey of every individual; a closer study shows how it highlights the importance of repetition. Do you remember your first bike ride? Initially, the emphasis was on learning the basic skills like balancing the bicycle while propelling yourself forward. Once you got the pedaling down, all that is left is to keep practicing until you have completely mastered cycling. This same concept holds true for all kinds of learning; repetition is at the heart of learning.

Beauty in Repetition
Beauty in Repetition

Did you know that most corporate training participants are likely to forget seventy percent of what they were taught within a day? In order to get the most out of corporate training, businesses need to create employee training sessions that encourage information recall. Incorporating repeat training will not only improve overall skill retention but will also result in the following benefits:

  • Improves Workforce Productivity

Organizations must continuously innovate to remain competitive in the ever-changing global marketplace.  This goal increasingly depends on the existing skills and knowledge of the workforce. Repetitive training enables employees to develop new skill sets to remain competitive and productive.

  • Sparks New Ideas

Workplace learning and innovation go hand-in-hand as acquiring new skills unveils brand-new points-of-view. Such interaction encourages employees to think ‘out-of-the-box’ and come up with innovative solutions to everyday challenges. A role-playing based Customer service training session helps participants get an alternative perspective on how to tackle upset customers.

  • Transforms the Workplace into a Place of Learning

Continuous learning is much more than introducing new policies and procedures. It involves constant effort from employers, supervisors, and employees to build a culture that places learning at the forefront. The transformative learning culture fosters an environment of inquiry and knowledge-sharing.

The Way Forward
The Way Forward

To make sure that training results in skills development, organizations need to implement personalized, continuous trainings. Repetitive learning will ensure application of an enhanced skill in the appropriate circumstances.

  • Spaced Learning

Repetitive trainings utilize the spaced learning effect to support skill retention. Spaced learning is all about reshaping the “Forgetting Curve” by breaking down training session into micro-learning moments. It allows trainers to present the learning message in new and interesting ways to encourage retention.

  • Retrieval-based training

Retrieval-based training is an effective means of achieving meaningful learning. Studies have shown that trainees are better able to retrieve information if it is tied to a specific context. This can be achieved by incorporating simulations, role-playing and real-world scenarios in the training sessions.

  • Gamification

Experiential learning through a game-like approach helps participants overcome the forgetting curve. Gamification takes the mechanics of games to effectively impart knowledge. This technique allows trainees to freely interact with one another and this engagement ultimately results in greater retention of knowledge

  • Natural Concentration Span

To avoid the “overload and overwhelm” effect, the trainer needs to breakdown the monotony. One way to do that is by delivering key learning concepts in brief, 5 to 10-minute bursts.

When an organization spends continually on in-house employee development, it usually results in increased loyalty and satisfaction. The more engaged and satisfied the employees are, the more productive and inventive the organization is likely to be.

 

The Power of Experiential Learning

The foundation of experiential learning is based upon an educational philosophy termed Constructivism. According to Constructivism, a learner’s knowledge is developed ‘on-the-spot’ by experiencing concepts, theories, and things in-person.  An essential aspect of Constructivism involves the learner reflecting on the newly ‘constructed’ knowledge. They may even compare, contrast, or debate the differences between this relatively new experience and any prior knowledge they may have.

The Need for Experiential Learning in the Corporate World
The Need for Experiential Learning in the Corporate World

The modern learner is easily distracted, has a short attention span and is usually overwhelmed by multiple conflicting responsibilities. As a result, a fun and immersive training session can enable such employees to gain valuable skills that will benefit them as well as their organization.

Experiential learning helps modern-day organizations internalize the following benefits:

  • Greater Motivation to Learn

Work skills that can help an employees’ professional growth are transferred to them through an experiential learning-based training session. As the skills taught via experiential learning directly improves the employee’s performance, they are likely to be more receptive to acquiring these new skills.

  • Higher Chances of Skill Retention

The skills acquired via experiential learning tend to stay with the trainee for a longer period of time. The reason for that is they will not only learn about the skill but will also apply it in real-time.

  • Customized Learning

Experiential learning is tailored to the needs of the organization and the trainees. The participants are on the driving seat as they set their own learning pace and have substantial control over the learning process.

  • One Step Ahead of Theory

Repetitive, lecture-based training is steadily being replaced by the “learning by doing” approach. The trainee uses critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills to accelerate their own learning process.

  • Collaborative Environment

Experiential learning, by design, encourages co-learners to engage with and learn from each other. This not only helps an individual with learning a particular skill but also helps in team-building.

  • Higher Return-On-Investment (ROI)

Experiential learning-based trainings are proven to positively influence both the behaviour and skill set of the participants.

Experiential Learning in the Office
Experiential Learning in the Office

In comparison to compartmentalized learning, experiential learning mimics real-world scenarios to create a unique learning experience. Experiential learning broadens the learning toolset from mere boards, slides, and books to gaming, simulations, case studies, role-playing and much more. These experiential tools can be used in isolation or in conjunction with traditional learning methods – it all depends on the organisation’s specific training needs. In the case of experiential training for corporations, games have proven to be an effective educational tool. It is noted that games make the learning process fun and engaging for all the people involved.

Experiential learning-based trainings provide employees with numerous opportunities to learn via bespoke experiences. The skill-building techniques enable employees to polish their customer service skills and enhance their personal skills by learning from real-world examples. Employees can brush up on their communication skills by playing experiential games that incorporate the following themes: public speaking, listening, and persuasion. Incorporating experiential learning in the corporate culture takes time and effort but the results easily outweigh the initial investment.