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Why is Semper so efficient?

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2015 01:35PM CET
Microlearning is highly efficient

The principle has been known for a long time: Learning is most efficient in many short sessions (see for example Woodworth, Experimental Psychology (1938) and references therein, or Baddeley & Longman (1978)). Commitment to long-term memory is strongest when the times between sessions with the same item are high (e.g. Melton, 1970).

However, only now, with smartphones everywhere, can we apply these principles for everyday learning. Semper delivers short learning opportunities of about 3-5 seconds spread out over the day. It uses natural breaks in the users flow, such as lock screens or the start of another app. This way, it is comfortable while relieving the user of having to remember or schedule the learning sessions.

Active tasks enhance memorizing

Semper couples learning to a task, requiring learners to actively do something. This little tricks makes remembering easier (e.g. Craik & Tulving, 1975). What is more, giving the correct answer is rewarded each time with an unlocked phone. This makes the learning content more relevant to the users brain, improving learning efficiency (see e.g. Roebers et at., 2001

Integrated everyday learning avoid context association

Limiting studying to special contexts, such as a certain rooms, times or even moods, makes remembering the material in other contexts harder (see e.g. Weingartner et al., 1977). Semper integrates learning into everyday life. Therefore, users learn in a wide number of different environments, moods etc.

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