This free energiser is disguised as a memory test, but it is actually designed to help participants recall elements of the training programme you have been working on and so retain information more easily. The final twist is that it also demonstrates that we often work better with others than in isolation.
Training course contents:
Instructions for the energiser, ‘Remember Remember’ can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.
Resources – pre-prepare a PowerPoint slide with lots of words or phrases related to the training topic you are running the course for. It is good if you can put the words at odd angles and perhaps use different fonts and colours too.
1. Explain to participants that you are going to show them a slide containing lots of words relating to the training topic you have been working on. You will only show this slide for 1 minute and they must try and remember as many of the words as possible (no writing down allowed).
2. Show the slide for 1 minute and then hide it.
3. Ask participants to write down as many words they can remember as possible.
4. See who remembered the most words.
5. Ask participants to pair up (or small groups) to see how many words they can remember together. They will likely see that they recalled more words when they collaborated.
6. Also ask if there were any words that participants ‘recalled’ but were not actually on the list. This can create a discussion around assumptions.
7. Discuss why collaboration works better and other learning points.
This energiser helps re-inforce learning in a way that engages the participants.