Use Boomerang to Learn Everything

February 09, 2016Sam Parlett1 min read

Repetition is critical for learning. This article: http://lifeinthefastlane.com/learning-by-spaced-repetition/ outlines how the ideal repetition period is 1 day, 10 days, 1 month, and 3 months after initially learning something to ensure that you remember it. Therefore, when you have something very important to learn (like this ;) ) , email it to yourself, and set a Boomerang for 1 day ahead, then when it comes back, set it for 10 days, then 1 month, then 3 months. 

Using boomerang is a neat trick for this, but the underlying principle is deeper: just because people have done something once, does not mean that they will remember it.

There are two ways this repetitive learning principle using Boomerang can be used:

To help everyone adopt new standards across Theodo.When a new standard is instituted, it is important that everyone uses it. Therefore, when a new standard comes into use, for example: "everyone must wear a christmas jumper in December", if an email is sent to people a day after the standard is agreed upon, 10 days after, a month after and 3 months after, and everyone responds with "yes, I am doing this",  then it is much, much more likely that people will remember how to do it.

To help new people learn Theodo standards.When you have a new coachee, you could make sure they have learned a particular standard by following up with them 1 day, 10 days, 1 month and three months later.

I hope you find this to be a useful trick!

Sam Parlett

Sam Parlett

Web Developer at Theodo