December 31, 2022

Introducing Uptime Learning: a revolutionary new way of using Uptime

Our mission is simple: to help people learn more, faster. But with over 4,000 Hacks now available, we knew we wanted to create something that would help our users retain all this information at their fingertips. Cue Uptime Learning, our most important feature yet.

Students around the globe are returning to school this week, but the team at Uptime believe that learning shouldn't end once you've left the classroom. 

Meet Uptime Learning, our biggest update yet - our Spaced Repetition feature that's been months in the making.

What is Uptime Learning?

We care about our users' long-term growth here at Uptime. We've worked hard to curate a library of over 4,000 book, course, documentary and podcast Hacks, but we also recognize that simply discovering these ideas isn't what is going to help you start using them. You'll also need to revisit them in regular intervals if they're going to sink in long-term.

Simply put, we don't just want to show you cool insights. We also want to help you learn them.

This big new learning feature of ours combining techniques such as Spaced Repetition, Metacognition, and Active Recall, built to help users retain the information they find on Uptime.

Scientifically-proven techniques

Let us set the scene: in 1885, German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus hypothesized a curve that suggested we forget up to half of what we learn within a matter of days.

We then continue to forget information over time, albeit at a decreasing rate. Spaced repetition is a technique that helps us overcome Ebbinghaus' forgetting curve.

Usually implemented with flashcards, small chunks of information are presented over time, at varying intervals. ​​Learning and memory are largely influenced by two key factors; how much knowledge we retain and the amount of effort spent retaining that information.

Why is this so exciting?  

Uptime Learning switches your usage of the app from passive -> active.

We first built Sparks on Uptime to help you save all your 'lightbulb' moments. But we also believe it's our job to help you retain those bite-sized pieces of information. How do we do this? With spaced repetition.

Scientific research suggests that over a four-month period with 30 minutes of active usage a day, you can expect to learn (and retain!) 3600 flashcards of information with 90-95% accuracy. Whew! 

So, how does it work?

The feature combines proven memory and knowledge retention strategies such as Spaced Repetition, Metacognition, and Active Recall into one seamless experience.

Inside our brand new Learn tab (previously the Spark tab), users can now find a customized stream of flashcards with all the cool bits on Uptime that they've Sparked and watched, as well as saved in their Spark Boards.

Uptime Learning resurfaces these cards at incremental intervals, as well as asking the user to rate how confident they are at remembering them.

If a user thinks they’re confident, they’ll be tested with this flashcard again later - but this time, our AI will pick out optimal content to be redacted, forcing the brain to engage its memory in retrieving the information, before once again asking the user if they remember it.

Users will be given a set of cards to go over at regular intervals, depending on whether they remember them or not. Once they’re finished with the flashcards of the day, they'll be encouraged to explore more Hacks in order to find more things to learn.

Free for all users

This feature is available to both free and Premium users - the more content on Uptime you've engaged with, the more flashcards you'll be able to learn from. You can also opt to just feature the content you've specifically Sparked, if you prefer.

This is a huge step in nurturing our users' personal growth - and we've even featured daily cards on our homepage to help users build a new daily learning habit. 

Just imagine how much you could learn, right from your fingertips…

Uptime Learning is now available to all users, and we can’t wait to hear how it revolutionizes the way you learn. Our users are at the heart of everything we do here at Uptime so please let us know how you get on by tagging us on social.

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