The Primacy-Recency Effect


In most classroom lessons, students typically remember the beginning and the end of the lesson the strongest. This is called the primacy-recency effect. It also shows up in everyday life; we frequently remember the first and last things on our grocery list, but the middle is forgotten. In a lesson, we can count on students forgetting some of the middle content. Because of this, what happens in the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of class is crucial and must be vital to the lesson.



Primacy-Recency Effect Cheat Sheet

Piers Blyth