Another Way to Make Training Stick – The Long Term Memory Trick

Linking to the Past Secures a Space in Long Term Memory
Starting as early as pre-learning or “pre-work” assignments, help participants reduce the insecurity that comes from looking up the steep side of a learning curve by providing them with opportunities to anchor their understanding to past knowledge or experiences.
Here’s how it works.
Remember the days when offices were38142303_l full of filing cabinets? Good. Now, think of the adult learner’s brain like a room full of those gray behemoths. Instead of asking learners to label a new file folder and find room in already overcrowded drawers for the new information in the new file, it’s much easier for them if you give them the opportunity to staple the new information to materials already contained in an existing folder. Essentially, you’re asking them to “hook” the new information resident in short term memory to some piece of information already in their long-term memory.
For example, a pre-work or in session assignment for a coaching course could be for participants to recall a coaching experience that went well and one that did not go as well—critically assessing the difference between the two. Then, present the new coaching behavior or model tying key points to elements from their personal stories. Now, the new approach is “attached” to the past experiences and filed away with them in the person’s long term memory.

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