The Learning Pyramid: A Study Plan Game Changer

Just as food nourishes our bodies, knowledge and continuous learning nourishes our minds. Lifelong learning is an indispensable tool for any career and organisation.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about a certain interest of yours, but felt discouraged because you didn’t know where to start? Or have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of pages you have to study for just one subject?

To overcome these obstacles, William Glasser came up with the Learning Pyramid.

William Glasser was a chemical engineer who, after being drafted into the military, decided to get a higher education in psychology and psychiatry. After that, a large part of his work was dedicated to mental health, counseling, school improvement, and teaching.

The Learning Pyramid is a theory aimed at optimizing the retention of content by students.

According to this structure we learn…
10% of the subject through simple reading;
20% by listening to someone explain;
30% by watching a video, documentary, etc;
50% through listening and watching simultaneously;
70% through conversations, questioning, repeating and debating;
80% by writing, interpreting, translating, revising, identifying, cataloging, utilizing, demonstrating and practicing;
– and 95% by explaining, synthesizing, structuring, generalizing, elaborating and illustrating.

In today’s reality every student is surrounded by distractions and it can be hard to take time to figure out the most effective way of studying. The biggest advantage of this system is that it allows the students to understand they’re responsible for their own learning and that the level of information retention varies according to their level of engagement with the subject.

Whether you’re studying for an exam or want to learn a new language over the summer, try to apply this to your study plan and let us know how it went. Continuous learning is very important to prepare for the unexpected, boost your professional profile, improve your confidence and broaden your horizons! We encourage you to invest in yourself and share with us on any of our social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.