Cerego delivers personalized learning by measuring memory on an item-by-item basis. We can predict how long a learner will have mastery over material and use this information to determine the best time to review. We call this mastery metric, memory permanence.
So how do you assess memory permanence? In this document, we’ll explore the metrics of Cerego and how to set goals, as well as look at some of the reports you can use to assess and grade your students.
Metrics of Learning
Cerego has 7 Levels of memory permanence (or mastery). The closer your learners stick to the recommended Cerego review schedule, the higher the memory permanence they may achieve.
Levels of Memory Permanence
(Level 0) New - Learners have studied
(Level 0) Building - Learners demonstrated memory (remembered the item after a short delay).
Level 1 - They’ll have mastery for days. Can be achieved with 1-2 days of practice.
Level 2 - They’ll have mastery for weeks. Can be achieved in 10 days of spaced practice.
Level 3 - They’ll have mastery for months. Can be achieved in ~6 weeks of spaced practice.
Level 4 - They’ll have mastery for years. Can be achieved in ~3 months of spaced practice.
Mastery - They’ll have mastery indefinitely. Can be achieved in ~1 year of spaced practice.
Levels 4 and above take many months to achieve, and are not usually relevant to learners in a time limited class or training period.
Set Level (The Average Level)
Concepts are typically distributed across levels because some concepts are more difficult than others. A student’s Set Level is the average of all of their items (including unstarted items). This average may be a portion of a level.
If long-term retention is a goal in your classroom, we recommend assigning a memory goal to your sets. Assigning a memory goal has the following benefits for your class:
- It gives learners something concrete to work toward.
- It’s easy to grade (use the “Set Progress” report with scores from 0-100%).
- Students will know where they stand (they’ll also see their % progress in the app).
Level 1.5 is the recommendation for a default level goal. It is achievable in about one week of distributed practice.
Goals can be assigned per set. Go to the content management area of your group to set goals. For step by step instructions on how to assign goals, consult your User Manual for Cerego Plus or Cerego Pro (formerly called Orgs).
A few things to keep in mind
- All concepts start out as ‘New’ (there is no skipping ahead).
- Students should plan on daily review for their first week. The work of Cerego is front-loaded, meaning that newer concepts need more practice.
- Within a week, reviews are spaced farther apart, and concepts require occasional refreshes to stay active. Below is an example of a learning path for a student studying over a several week period.