The spacing effect or spaced repetition theory began with research in the 19th century. Hermann Ebbinghaus tested and refined it. In a nutshell, you learn best when you review your knowledge in increasing time increments rather than regularly. At Chessable, we provide a scheduling mechanism that prompts you to review material in an efficient manner. Get the chess move right, and you won't see it for a while. Get it wrong, and we know it needs some work so you will see it again soon. Can it get more efficient than this? We think not!
Researchers found concrete evidence showing how dopamine can improve learning. When dopamine is released, learning is enhanced. Chessable is set up in the form of a game. You are provided with rewards such as points, badges, titles and many other fun things. Being set up as a game allows us to tap into the effect games have on dopamine and, therefore, enhance learning. So while using Chessable, your brain should be releasing more dopamine than it would if you were to study from a book.
Maybe due to our experience in school we see testing with disdain. However, science shows that testing improves and adds to learning. Chessable's review mode is akin to a test. Don't worry, it's okay if you fail it!! When you respond, even with a wrong answer, you are still learning! This happens because our review function offers a form of 'active recall' a big component of learning. Scientists also relate this to the positive effects of feedback. At Chessable we integrate both immediate and delayed feedback. Of course history shows that the simple act of practising it again is a key part of chess mastery, and with Chessable you can practice in the most efficient manner!
Imitation is a learning strategy used by babies and adults because it works. At Chessable we ask you to imitate the openings of expert and master players. Science says that even if you don't understand the move, the "enactment effect" will intervene and you will still learn! The enactment effect happens when you perform the action you want to learn, you have to play it! Also, science strongly suggests people can learn without even realising they are learning! Essentially, initially you may not understand why you are making a move, but behind the scenes, your brain is figuring the patterns and logic out for you. Isn't that wonderful? Of course, if you rather put in a conscious effort, you can as Chessable provides all the tools you need, read on!
Science shows how learners often labor-in-vain. This is why coaching is often good. What good is studying openings designed for a master when you are a beginner? Chessable targets this by allowing for learning in your region of proximal learning. We give you a large selection of openings, and some will be suited to your ability. Our many social tools like the comments board can help you determine what to study, as well as understand better. These are ways of explicit learning. Explicit learning is also seen in the comments on moves that the publishers provide, giving you yet another ally in your quest to master openings.