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Learning v. Short Term Memorizing (Part 2)

Last week we talked about two components that may influence whether you learn something or just memorize it briefly or retain in in your memory for a specific purpose, say, a quiz.

Today we want to talk about three other methods that have proven to be helpful in the process as well:


3. Repetition– Think of your favorite song; how many times did you play it and sang it before you learned the lyrics and even the melody?

–        If you notice, we often forget information we learned in school or college but the lyrics to our all-time favorites are always present in our minds.

–       Repetition has proven to be an extremely helpful method in the learning process. Reviewing our material, going over it over and over again, and fully understanding the concepts we are trying to remember lead to a better learning pattern.

–       In fact, studies have proven that repetition is one of the key tools that infants rely on when learning to speak. Repeatedly reviewing information on educational apps is no different.


4. AssociationThe American Psychological Association defines Associative Learning as “the ability to learn and remember the relationship between unrelated items such as the name of someone we have just met or the aroma of a particular perfume.”

–        Creating these links between the new information we are looking to learn and things we already know and understand can also contribute in our learning process.

–       So when you’re reading mLearning apps, you most likely are presented with video, audio and photographs of the information described in the specific educational app you are studying.-

–       Remembering these visuals and learning tools and associating them to the concepts studied is a way to set the difference between briefly memorizing it and making sure you remember and learn it for good.


5. Bad Memories– Interestingly enough, sometimes when we missed an answer on an exam, for instance, it is when we know for certain that we will never again forget the right answer.

–       We know, we know… although it can be a little too late in many occasions, those bad experiences where we could have gained a few extra points or so contribute in our learning process without us even realizing it.

–       So if we rely on memories to help us learn things we can establish a strong difference in our educational experience.

–       Can you think of any information you have learned because of this unfortunate setting?

Like these, there are many other factors that can help you turn a simple education app into a rewarding, long-lasting learning experience. We have to remember that even though thanks to the technological advances in education, the transition between the traditional books to eLearning/mLearning processes is not to be considered one size fits all method either.

Using the internet and technology as educational tools has been an ongoing trend in the past few years, but we all learn differently even though we use the same tools or methods.

The incorporation of tablets and other mobile devices into the classroom has a potential to make the learning process more interactive, more modern, and yes, even less “boring.” However, how we use these tools to learn will be different in every different person; therefore, educational apps should and are starting to be designed in a way that you learn at your own rhythm and convenience.

As we’ve mentioned in other of our blogs, You Can Learn, Inc.’s initiatives to pioneer and innovate in this field look to do just that. How have you used educational apps in your learning experience? Tell us on Twitter, our Facebook page or below.