The Law of Forgetting and Using a Training Review Game
Making Training More Fun!
Interactive exercises or games have been used to liven up training materials and presentations ever since it was discovered that people have a very short attention span. In fact, there are numerous studies to suggest that the average attention span of most adults is at best three to four minutes ! so that means any dull or heavily theoretical parts of your courseware or training materials will probably cause your participants minds to shift and start thinking of other things like whatever they’ll be doing after class or wonder when is the next break. Even if they do manage to keep focused on the dry part of your training materials they probably will not remember for too long because of “The Law of Forgetting” which states that immediately upon hearing something, the average person forgets 50% of what he or she has just heard! It may be startling but it’s true.
Actually some recent studies claim that the span of attention for most of us varies anywhere from ten seconds to three or four minutes. It’s easy to see, then, why people become easily bored (or underwhelmed) with overly technical courseware and training materials and respond much better when there is life and variety in the training programs and presentations they attend.
One sure fire way to inject action and excitement into any training program and increase retention of your courseware and training materials is to add a healthy competition. This Is a great way to review the content you just covered and get participants competing with each other to answer question and gain points to be the winners (for a small prize).
Jeopardy Style Training Review Game
This is why we added a competitive Power Point Review game show to each of our full courseware and training material packages. It’s an additional Power Point file pre-loaded with questions and answers around each training program. The fun game competition is all within PowerPoint. You can easily add team names and run the game show style competition. Scores are automatically calculated for each team and the winning team is declared.
Click here to download a trial version of one of our review game shows. This trial version is a generic version of the Power Point game show. Each of our training material packages comes with a similar Power Point review game show loaded with questions and answers around your training course material package.