Richard-Business Eng
Professional Teacher
The best ways to learn... if you believe the theories about learning methods

Between in 1940 and 1970 many educators, instructors, trainers and teachers were interested to see people's different learning methods expressed in percentages. They believed that different learning techniques would result in better or worse memory retention.

However, the quantification of the various techniques was not based on proper research studies, and over the years many people have argued that those numbers are 'best guesses' at best or simply not valid.


So, what do you think?

- Do you agree with the numbers?
- Do you think think that the numbers should be changed?
- What numbers would you guess are accurate (in your opinion)
- What percentages would you say are accurate for your learning methods?


Here is a list of learning techiques/methods and the 'best guess' percentage of retention:


It has been said that we remember:

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10 percent of what we read (passive)<o:p></o:p>

25 percent of what we hear (passive)<o:p></o:p>

40 percent of what we see and hear (passive)<o:p></o:p>

70 percent of what we say and write (active)<o:p></o:p>

80 percent of what we experience/do (active)<o:p></o:p>

90 percent of what we teach others (active)


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<o:p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Copy the list above and insert the percentages that you believe apply to your learning methods and experience.</o:p>

<o:p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Or simply leave a comment.</o:p>

Mar 15, 2017 3:52 PM
Comments · 7

It has been said that we remember:

10 percent of what we read (passive)-Too low

25 percent of what we hear (passive)= maybe accurate

40 percent of what we see and hear (passive) - maybe accurate for hear, but what I see maybe it's too low

70 percent of what we say and write (active) Ok for the writing, maybe too high for what I say

80 percent of what we experience/do (active) Ok

90 percent of what we teach others (active) Ok

For the higher numbers, the active ones, I would say that is probably quite accurate for me.  What must be considered is people's learning methods, as these can differ person to person. I do remember much of what I do and remember better things I have subsequently taught to others.  However the very low numbers for what we read don't seem to apply for me.  I remember much of what I read and write quite well, and for a long time, I think because I am a visual learner.  Now for what I hear, that seems accurate and what I say, well those numbers should be lower for me.  Interesting!

March 15, 2017

My ability of speaking foreing language is based mostly on visual memory (on reading and watching foreign writing). But i would like to add that visual memory works far better than other types only in my home country , where i am  surrounded only by people speaking my mother tongue.

Once i arrive in country where i have only  English speaking friends and there is no chance to speak my mother tongue - everything changes. My listening skills work best.

March 15, 2017

Interesting topic!

I agree with the numbers you mentioned. It seems quite accurate and matches with my experience of learning.

At the first go, we can grasp that much, but repeating the same process may increase the percentage of grasping a bit more than what you have mentioned. 

March 15, 2017

Sudeep and Elena...

Please excuse the delay in my response.

Thank you both for your helpful comments.


March 17, 2017
Interesting!
March 15, 2017
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