The Science of Successful Learning

Learning Science

The science behind Trivie is based upon two key principles: Retrieval Practice to build long-term memory associations and Artificial Intelligence for personalization.

The Science of Successful Learning

Retrieval Practice

Several years ago, we collaborated with Drs. Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel, the foremost experts in cognitive psychology surrounding memory and retention, to help digitize more than 40 years of published research into the Trivie platform. The evidence of their study is in a learning process called Retrieval Practice, and it has been determined to be the most effective learning technique to build long-term, actionable memory.


Trivie uses Retrieval Practice as a core learning technique.


At the center of Retrieval Practice is a method called the spacing effect or spaced reinforcement. Spaced learning sharpens memory by repeating information over time, committing short-term knowledge to long-term (applied) memory. This may seem counterintuitive, but when a little bit of forgetting happens, it helps to strengthen the brain's recall ability. As a result, spaced, bite-sized bits of microlearning content are easier for learners to understand and remember.


In addition, Retrieval Practice promotes that a learning curriculum uses a wide range of content types while spacing the small bits of knowledge. Neuroimaging studies suggest that different kinds of content engage different parts of the brain, and the learning of motor skills from varied content appears to be associated with an area of the brain that is good at decoding more difficult concepts. As such, varying content formats are extremely important in building long-term associations. In other words, some people learn from pictures, some from text, and some from videos.


Keeping with the scientific connections in Retrieval Practice, Trivie offers learners over 100 different content types to develop more durable, long-term memory associations.


The final main component of Retrieval Practice is a concept called Interleaving. When you interleave the content of two or more subjects or skills, it further strengthens memory. Essentially, you are weaving together ("interleaving") topics that may be somewhat related but not in a linear fashion, so your brain builds deeper neural connections and becomes stronger.


“Retrieval practice via quizzes spaced out over time helps to consolidate knowledge and keep it on the employees’ “mental fingertips” so it is easy to access when needed. Trivie employs a digital version of this successful learning method in a simple to use trivia game.”

- Henry L. Roediger, PhD

Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences Washington University and author of “Make It Stick”

Artificial Intelligence and Adaptive Learning

Our adaptive learning methodology personalizes the content and cadence of learning based on what each user knows or does not know until he or she reaches a level of mastery.


With Artificial Intelligence, Trivie can automatically eliminate knowledge gaps based upon a diagnosed weakness and can improve a learner’s proficiency over time. This personalized learning method ensures that each learner only receives the right content at the right time and at the moment when they are predicted to start to forget. Delivered at this moment of need, this focussed personalization leads to increased knowledge retention, better concept mastery, and a stop-loss for wasted training dollars.


In an article "New Research Validates Effectiveness of Adaptive Learning," by John Boersma details that learners in an AI-managed course scored six times better than their counterparts in traditional courses, and in half the time. Further, the study showed a nearly 50% increase in learners who scored in the upper 20 percent using AI technology rather than traditional methods.


Aside from our proprietary AI, we also combine recall probability and score data, which predicts when a user will start to forget a piece of information. This data tells the AI to automatically generate a personalized cadence of relevant quizzes to close the knowledge and gap and help the learning last longer.



Trivie is a "learning as a service" platform that uses neuroscience and gamification to increase knowledge retention and engagement while providing companies with powerful data to improve business outcomes.