Study Salesforce More Effectively with Spaced Repetition

Feb 21 / Dave Massey

Spaced repetition can be a powerful tool when studying for your Salesforce Certification.

Spaced repetition is a learning technique that involves reviewing information at increasingly wider intervals of time. So, for example, if you learned something today, you would review it again tomorrow, and then again in a few days, and then again in a week or two. Each time you review the information, you'll have a better understanding of it and be more likely to remember it for the long term.

This type of active recall can help increase your chances of passing your Salesforce Administrator Certification Exam on the first try 

What is Spaced Repetition?

Spaced repetition is a powerful tool to help you retain and recall information quicker and easier. It involves breaking up your study plan into small manageable sessions, and reviewing the information you covered in those sessions at increasing intervals over time.

By revisiting concepts and features at regular intervals and allowing yourself to absorb the material properly, spaced repetition helps both memorise facts quickly and retain them for longer.

Is it Effective?

Spaced repetition is an effective way to study as you revisit material that you previously learned, ensuring that the knowledge sticks in your memory quickly and reliably. This method is especially useful when learning difficult concepts or memorising facts or figures, because it gives your brain more time to review the information and retain it over a longer period of time. 

Spaced repetition causes stored information to be more easily retrieved from memory when needed in the future. Using this tactic can help you study more effectively and efficiently so that you give yourself the best chance to pass.

Tips for Spaced Repetition?

When it comes to Spaced Repetition there are few strategies that you can use to maximise the effectiveness.

1. Use Flash Cards and/or Cheatsheets
I follow the process of creating my own notes as I study each concept or feature, I then distil these notes into Cheatsheets that I can quickly reference when I want to focus on a particular topic. I’ve seen other people do the same with Flash Cards to great effect. By having concise study material such as Flash Cards or Cheatsheets you can really maximise you study sessions, especially when you are reviewing a concept multiple times to improve your retention.

2. Short Sharp Sessions
One of the benefits of Spaced Repetition is that you will be going over the same material time and time again, however, that is also a negative as you may get bored with the material. Thats why you want to make sure your sessions are short, sharp, and straight to the point, using Flash Cards and Cheatsheets, helps with this and it means that you can review a concept or topic in a relatively short amount of time.

3. Morning and Evenings
Research shows that reviewing material before going to bed can help you retain the information better. Your brain consolidates memories during sleep, so reviewing material before bed can help strengthen the memory and make it easier to recall during the exam. I’ve also found that studying in the morning can be more effective as my mind seems sharper.

4. Plan Your Sessions
Planning your sessions can have a huge difference, much like when we broke the Exam Guide down to pinpoint the concepts and features that we needed to know the same is true for Spaced Repetition. You want to spend more sessions reviewing the material that is most likely to come up, if there are any concepts that you are particularly struggling with then spend more time on them. Likewise, if you have grasped a concept really easily and understand it fully then you don’t need to go over it too many times.

5. Don’t Overload
Similar to my previous tip about short, sharp sessions but with a slight twist. Try and only focus on one concept at a time, rather than tying to review the whole of Configuration and Setup multiple times break the sessions down into the Objectives, and then perhaps one further by breaking them down into individual concepts, or similar concepts.

Are GFC Courses Spaced Repetition friendly?


Just take a look at our course curriculum, and you will see that we have broken the lessons down into individual concepts. This helps keep the lessons short and engaging and is perfect for Spaced Repetition. If you need to recap Business Hours, or Fiscal Years quickly, you can easily do so by firing up the lesson, and within 10 minutes, you will have recapped it. This is perfect when you are studying for your Salesforce Certified Administrator Exam and need to cover any weak areas of knowledge quickly. 

What are you waiting for?

If you're preparing for your Salesforce Administrator Certification and want to study more efficiently and effectively, consider using spaced repetition. Spaced repetition is a learning strategy that involves pushing back the intervals between studying each piece of material, which helps move information from short-term to long-term memory. Regular spaced review of the concepts and features ensures that it stays fresh in your memory while you focus on more challenging topics. 

Take a look at our courses and enrol if you want to become a Certified Salesforce Administrator in the most efficient and effective way.