Learn to Learn

Paradigm Associates makes seven distinct learning methods available for use where appropriate. These may be combined in various ways according to the client's needs.

Building the Puzzle

For the Brain

Spaced Repetition

Psychologists tell us that if we are exposed to a new concept or idea one time, that unless it has an extremely powerful impact on us, after one day we will likely remember less than 50% of what we heard; after two days, less than 25%; and after 16 days we may remember as little as 2%.

Alternatively, using a method called spaced repetition, if we consciously expose ourselves to the same concept or idea for six different repetitions over a period of time, we can increase our retention rate of that information to as high as 62% for a period that exceeds sixteen years.

Learning Materials

Because of the effectiveness of spaced repetition, many of our processes involve the use of written and audio materials. These enable the participants conveniently to make use of the power of spaced repetition. These are used along with an action plan that contains extensive evaluation sections and goals planning sheets, provided to each participant. Exercises and handouts are used where appropriate based on the specific needs of the participants. We custom facilitate every client.

Team Learning

Team Learning

Workshop Implementation Sessions

Workshop-oriented implementation sessions are designed to put practical application behind the material studied. The number, duration, and timing of sessions will be determined based on each client's own unique situation.

Break-out Groups

One of the best ways to develop the commitment of the participants is to insure that they are actively involved in the learning process. Creating break-out groups and then having each participant act as a group leader and present the ideas of their group keeps the participants actively involved.

Through this experience, the group leader learns to tie individual experiences into a group learning process.


Make it Stick

Practical Application

During the course of the process the participants are responsible for writing what they think the major and secondary ideas are, as well as how they are applying these concepts and ideas. These will be reviewed and can be discussed for enhanced learning.

Built-in Motivation

One of the key elements of the process involves the integration of personal goals with organizational results. As a result, the participants want to learn from the process because of the satisfaction and benefits they will receive through the realization of their personal goals.

Reinforcement to Ensure Continuity

In situations where it is impractical to bring participants together on a regularly scheduled basis, or where one has missed a session, participants can be called at a mutually convenient time. This call can be used to answer questions, provide additional stimulation for thought about key concepts, and share updates on goal achievement. A variety of technologies such as teleconferences, Skype, and Web-based meetings can be used to accomplish this reinforcement.