Design principle 10:

Communicate and motivate

Optimize students’ or employees’ commitment by keeping them motivated. Communicate why your drills are so important and why students or employees are receiving this information and need to remember it so that they see the necessity behind it. Check below to find out how it’s done!


The Drillster way of learning might take some getting used to. It works in an assessment-based and adaptive way. Every individual gets different questions, in a different order, and at different intervals. Contrary to what learners may be used to, they are not expected to first read a whole book or large sections of information. It is also perfectly okay to get answers wrong, you will not be judged on that at all. In fact, it will make you better! When you introduce Drillster, there will be quite a few changes for people to assimilate. We can help you manage this smartly.


It is important to get people on board before actually introducing Drillster to them. Earlier, we recommended making employees or students see the need behind the drills, see design principle 3. However, a story is not the only way to boost commitment. There are numerous creative ways to motivate people you can think of, such as internal email campaigns, an internal (online) magazine, intranet, a speech, or even a kick-off event!


Besides getting started with Drillster (for both groups and individual new users), it is important to keep learners motivated. Keep encouraging them and raising awareness of the necessity behind drilling. This is particularly important for long-term and permanent education learning programs. You can use the tips for design principle 9 for this. When people continue to do drills, they will regularly refresh their knowledge, and keep their proficiency levels up!


To help you get started, we have created a launch communications toolkit. This toolkit contains tools for a successful start with things like tips for the launch and a script for an introduction video.

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