(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,652,283 Bi
Van Schaack et al. (45) Date of Patent: Nov. 25,2003
(54) SYSTEM APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAXIMIZING EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF LEARNING RETAINING AND RETRIEVING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
(75) Inventors: Andrew Van Schaack, Cupertino, CA (US); Andrew Smith Lewis, New
York, NY (US)
(73) Assignee: Cerego, LLC, Arlington, VA (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/475,496
(22) Filed: Dec. 30, 1999
Int. C I. G09B 19 00
U.S. CI 434/236; 434/322; 434/323;
Field of Search 434/362, 236,
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
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Primary Examiner—S. Thomas Hughes
Assistant Examiner—Chanda L. Harris
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—-Joseph R. Keating, Esq.
A system, method and apparatus for maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of learning, retaining and retrieving knowledge and skills includes a main engine having a Learn Module, a Review Module and a Test Module. Each of the Learn, Review and Test Modules are capable of operating independently but are preferably arranged to operate interactively such that operation of each of the Learn, Review and Test Modules are changed based on a user's past performance within one or more of the three modules. In addition, the main engine may also include a Schedule Module for flexibly scheduling learning, reviewing and retrieving knowledge and skills based on various factors and input information. The main engine also may include a Progress Module which monitors a user's performance on any of the Learn, Review and Test Modules and changes the future operation of each module based on the monitored performance. The main engine also may include a Help Module to provide assistance with any of the other modules.
112 Claims, 38 Drawing Sheets