Theoretical and scientifical background of the BRAINYOO software
In cooperation with neuropsychologists we try to develop Brainyoo with the newest findings of science.
1. Flashcard technique
Most people are not gifted with a photographic memory. There is no way around repeating lessons to memorize. According to Hans Ebbinghaus, who researched memory retention there is a “forgetting curve” which governs the human brain. After 20 minutes people only remember about 60 % of what they just learned and can decrease up to 70 % on the next day.
Therefore, repeating content we want to memorize is essentially. Usually, after repeating for the fifth or sixth time, you will have your material memorized. That is why the newest flashcard boxes have five or six compartments. They usually run time-based, which is called spaced retrieval which is the basis of Brainyoo: Flashcards, which were answered correctly will be moved 1 compartment further. On the other hand, if your answer is wrong you will move the flashcard to the first compartment. The interval in which flashcards will be checked increases according to it’s compartment’s location. The learning file is constructed to have six compartments. The intervals are adjusted to the “forgetting curve”. One of Brainyoo’s biggest advantages compared to the flashcard boxes is that you can learn specific areas without the need to resort to the entire flashcard box.
2. Structured learning
One of the most important things for structured learning is being aware of the “entire system” in order to be successful. People who learn structured do not only prevent losing the overall view of learning complicated problems, but learn more efficiently in both a short and long period of time and improving the connections with the memory. For an example: One of the best way of text memorization is reviewing it on a consistent basis. Once you have an understanding of a whole, you can work with individual pieces while maintaining the overall view. This is the only way of handling difficult content and integrating it to your memory. Instead of a huge amount of unstructured flashcards, BRAINYOO has a well refined outline. Each flashcard can be assigned to categories, lessons and sub lessons, where the entire learning system is made out of consistent learning.
3. Trigger various senses
The human brain is a complex biological structure and there are various types of learners. Some learn best when they visualize their topic, some like to work with mind-maps and some people need a short audio-example. BRAINYOO gives you the opportunity to design multimedial flashcards, creating a trigger for various senses and opening many paths for learning different contents. Use drag & drop in Brainyoo to copy or move multimedia into flashcards. Additionally, using editor functionality you can individually style your flashcards. Many world champions in memorizing use a story made out of images to remember complex things in a short period of time. By using visual and auditory elements you quicken the receptiveness of information into the long-term memory. This method can be used by everyone.
4. Using the mnemonics function
„The art of memory develops help for remembering (mnemo), for an example mnemonic, rhyme, pattern or illustration. Complex systems belongs to art of memory as much as the small mnemos do, in which you are able to remember entire books, lists with thousands of words or even undefined lengths of digits“ (quoted from: Wikipedia, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mnemotechnik)
The expression art of memory summarizes numerous findings of learning methods, e.g. visualy walking through a park or lining up pictures. Furthermore, any kind of “mnemonic” belongs to the learning method. Brainyoo offers next to a question and answer field a mnemo field, which can be turned on or off for the purpose of remembering during a query mode. Additionally, the mnemo field can be used for containing any kinds of additional information or quotes.
5. BRAINYOO – a open-minded software
A huge advantage of BRAINYOO is the fact that it is open-source, i.e. it is not a closed system that is incompatible with other programs or formats. The BRAINYOO user can save time by working with others, for instance to create flashcards and exchange them, regardless of the computer system everyone uses. Furthermore, BRAINYOO is in the following aspects an open-source software, too:
6. Learn more with Brainyoo
Brainyoo ensures efficient learning by using the functions mentioned above and reducing time spend on organizing. Flashboxes create a lot of frustration. You have to keep track of flashcards which you repeated and still have to. However, not anymore, because Brainyoo performs that task for you. Brainyoo moves flashcards into resubmission according to elapsed time. Furthermore, you can adjust Brainyoo’s interval of moving flashcards for the benefit of your own learning rhythm.
Using Brainyoo’s searching function for searching an individual flashcard was never as easy and fast as before. For an example, law school students are able to search for a specific paragraph in seconds. If you want to learn a lesson or sub lesson without having to search for it right before a test, you can change the query mode to a sequential asking. Using the time based method, Brainyoo remembers all individual flashcards to ensure the content is present in the long-term memory.
Neuroscientists approve of the concept of BRAINYOO:
Dr. Christian Hoppe, neuropsychologist, University Clinic Bonn:
“The two characteristics of useful and satisfying learning during study and profession are a substantive understanding and systematic repetition. Furthermore, it may be useful to use visualization like mind maps, images, mnemonics or acronyms – for the purpose to differentiate content and creating multiple stimulation recalling them.
Organize your learning processes for once(preferably during your studies). Do not waste your time on thinking about anything else except learning. BRAINYOO is a useful utility, which supports your learning in the background. Brainyoo forces you to briefly summarize learning content and organizes the interval of repition efficiently. You are able to usefully use the mnemonic function. Advisable!”