Studies in neuroeducation
THE BENEFITS OF SHORT TRAINING SESSIONS
- Short training sessions obtain better results than long training sessions.
Recent research in neuro education emphasizes the need for short learning sessions separated by short resting periods. A 2012 study by Molloy et al., showed that a group that participated in short training sessions performed better than a group that participated in long training sessions (Less Is More: Latent Learning Is Maximized by Shorter Training Sessions in Auditory Perceptual Learning, LoS One. 2012; 7(5): e36929, PMCID: PMC3351401).For more details
- Short training sessions contribute to improve knowledge retention.
The brain retains both the first and last parts of a training session; however, it has a hard time retaining the information presented in the middle of the session. Thus, short training sessions are more effective because they reduce the middle portion of the session. For this reason, a training session should ideally be no more than 20 minutes long (Nick Van Dam, April 8, 2013, Inside the Brain Learning, Association for Talent Development).For more details
- More frequent and shorter training sessions facilitate language learning
Given an hour to teach a grammar rule, it is much more effective to divide the lesson into three separate parts of 20 minutes each, rather than teach the grammar rule in an entire hour. The "short but more frequent" rule applies to all types of learning. (Steve Masson, Professor at the UQAM Education Department).For more details