To see the full value of the 70-20-10 learning model, it is necessary to interpret it correctly, and perhaps with a bit of flexibility.

The theory’s importance

That theory alone is hardly sufficient to master knowledge effectively is nothing new. The merit of the 70-20-10 model is that it gives each form of learning the importance it requires. Indeed, the ideal distribution for optimal learning, according to the model, is as follows:

70% of our knowledge and know-how comes from practice and experience.

The 20% is due to social, professional and personal interactions.

The remaining 10% corresponds to traditional training, whether “in person” or “distance learning”.

“Only 10%?” you might be tempted to object, if you wanted to try to apply the 70-20-10 model to the letter. Let’s take a concrete example that will help us to gain insight and put this model into practice correctly.

Have you ever tried to learn a foreign language through theory alone? Knowing the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of English by heart is possible, but it doesn’t guarantee that, setting foot for the first time in England, you will be able to ask a Londoner how to get to Piccadilly Circus!

The benefits of practicing

Let’s say you are able to formulate your request for information correctly. How likely is it that, without ever having had an exchange with an English-speaking person, you will be able to understand his or her directions well enough to know the way to your destination?

The other side of the coin is also difficult to envisage: learning English on the spot and developing a good understanding of the language is possible, but if you have not learned the rules of grammar and syntax, you risk making mistakes very easily, both orally and (especially) in writing.

A model applicable to all subjects

Foreign languages are just one example. The same goes for any other type of learning: becoming a chartered accountant, learning to drive a vehicle, mastering sales techniques, making the perfect birthday cake… Without forgetting that everyone is different: with experience and the right tools, any trainer can use the 70-20-10 model and mold it on a case-by-case basis.

The interest of the 70-20-10 learning model is to give importance to practice and exchanges with others, without underestimating the weight of traditional training. It could be compared to the foundations of a house: they are not the bulk of the construction, but they are responsible for the durability of the dwelling.


The 70-20-10 learning model encourages learning not only through theory, but also through a healthy dose of practice and social interaction. [lien vers réseau d’apprenants]. Interpreted correctly, this model can be very useful in training as well as in the workplace.