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4 Simple Techniques to Remember Everything You Learn

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4 Simple Techniques to Remember Everything You Learn
7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Aristotle once compared the human memory to a wax tablet that starts out hot and pliable, but cools down to something hard and difficult to impress. For a long time, this was the prevailing view of our ability to learn, i.e.

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Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

Whether you’re learning to play the saxophone or studying a foreign language, practice, or repetition, makes perfect.

Repetition increases the myelin, or fatty coating, around the axioms that connect our brain’s neurons. The more myelin, the faster our neurons work, and the better we learn something.

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Spaced repetition

Spaced repetition

Spacing out the repetition, rather than cramming it into one session, is more effective. To use this learning technique:

  • Start by establishing a manageable study schedule. 
  • Choose a method for storing and organizing information. 
  • Don’t forget to test yourself periodically. Tracking your progress will boost your motivation to continue.

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Take time for reflection

Take time for reflection

In addition to solidifying what we’ve already learned, reflection also helps spark new ideas. And it usually happens when you're not working.

Our most creative ideas don't come when we're consciously focused on the problem. but when we're interacting with people, gaining experiences and letting our minds make connections.

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Teach it to a child

Teach it to a child

The best way to learn something is to explain it to someone else, preferably to a child. Or at least map out how you would explain something to a child.

This is known as Richard Feynman’s learning formula.

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Learning transfer

Learning transfer

Taking what we study in one context and applying it to another helps deepen our understanding of both.

First, deconstruct the knowledge into its fundamental principles. Then, reconstruct it in a new field.

For example, if you study Italian but also want to become a better cook, you can simply take a cooking class, or you take a cooking class in Italian.

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Spaced Repetition Learning Systems

Spaced Repetition Time Intervals can be practiced using:

  • The Analog spaced Repetition System: Making flashcards or 'boxes' of study material to review daily, weekly or bi-weekly.
  • The Digital Method: Use an App like Anki, or SuperMemo.

A New Way To Study

Studying takes too much time, and there is only a limited number of hours. Spaced repetition method uses time intervals and makes you recall more information, using less time.

The spacing effect maximizes learning and your study becomes more efficient and consumes less time.