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 an internal communications toolkit. This toolkit contains tools for a successful start with things like tips for the launch and a script for an introduction video. For further details, contact us or call +31883750500.

10 drill design principles

With the 10 drill design principles, we help you on your way to designing the perfect drills. These tips will help you create the best questions based on educational design principles and ensure an effective learning process and well-anchored knowledge. Click on one of the other 9 design principles for more information and clear examples per design principle.

Workshop drill design

Rather have a personal explanation of how to make the perfect drill? We provide drill design workshops and refresher courses for (future) instructional drill designers. Fill in this form and we will contact you.

Need support?

Don’t have the time or resources to make good drills yourself? Find out how we can help!

  • Training: training your employees to become Certified Instructional Drill Designers.
  • Drill design: you can also opt to outsource parts of the drill design process to us.
  • Drill review: one of our educational specialists will help you by reviewing your drill content.
  • Bulk input: entering large volumes of content.
  • Communications: we would be happy to help you with internal communications on implementing the Drillster method.
  • Customization: integration into an LMS or learning portal: “Drillster inside” your trusted environment.

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