Posted by Nisha Amin on Jul 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Minimize the Training Forgetting Curve

Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve

forgetting_curve_enThe Forgetting Curve, developed by Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885 based on experiments with his own memory, suggests that as soon as a learning event is completed, participants will start forgetting the material. The decline in memory is sharp immediately after the event and continues over time.

After one hour, people retain less than half of the information presented. After one day, they forget more than 70%, and after six days 75% of the information in the training.1

Some of the factors that influence the Forgetting Curve include:

  • Difficulty of the material
  • Relevance of the information – is it theoretical or can it be applied practically to the role
  • Presentation – People have different learning styles: visual, auditory or kinesthetic
  • Physical condition of the learner – are they stressed or sleep-deprived during training

High Cost of Forgetting

According to Training Magazine’s 2017 Training Industry Report, the total 2017 U.S. training expenditures rose significantly, increasing 32.5% to $90.6 billion.2 That is a large amount of money to spend when learners are not retaining material, meaning that training events are not meeting the knowledge and skill gaps or business objectives they were designed to address.

So how do you minimize the Forgetting Curve and improve the return on training investment?

Download 4 Ways to Curb the Forgetting Curve and start building out training that sticks.



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