How Do I Stop Forgetting What I Learned So Quickly? - Deepstash

If you want to remember the things you watch and read, space them out. Memories get reinforced the more you recall them.

Give yourself a few hours and try to recall it yourself without looking at the study material. If you feel stuck, read the formula/concept again and try to recall it again a few hours later.

Every time you revisit the subject you are trying to learn, the more you reinforce the idea into your long term memory.

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  • Whenever you’re reading something that you want to remember, take notes which ask questions. (Don't take notes which summarize the main points you want to recall.)
  • Then when you’re reading, quickly go through and test yourself on the questions you’ve generated from earlier chapters.
  • At the end of each chapter, you can ask yourself a question that would summarize the main idea or important concepts that you want to remember.

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  1. Don’t go overboard. Trying to recall every possible fact from a book will make the reading process so tedious that it might kill your love of reading. One question per chapter is probably more than enough for most books.
  2. Put page numbers which reference the answer. If you do forget a point, you’ll want to be able to check. Knowing that the answer to a big point is on page 36 will save your sanity later.
  3. Make the technology simple. For paper books, I recommend an index card, since you can probably fit all of the questions on it back and front. Plus the index card also works as a bookmark, so you won’t have to go around looking for your notes later. If you use Kindle, make your questions as annotations in the book. Then you can see the annotations later to quiz yourself.

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  1. Whenever you’re reading something that you want to remember, take notes which ask questions.

(Except, don’t take notes which summarize the main points you want to recall.)

  1. Then, when you’re reading, quickly go through and test yourself on the questions you’ve generated from earlier chapters.
  2. At the end of each chapter, you can ask yourself a question that would summarize the main idea or important concepts that you want to remember.

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  1. First — don’t go overboard. Trying to recall every possible fact from a book will make the reading process so tedious that it might kill your love of reading. One question per chapter is probably more than enough for most books.
  2. Second — put page numbers which reference the answer. If you do forget a point, you’ll want to be able to check.
  3. Third — for paper books, I recommend an index card, since you can probably fit all of the questions on it back and front. Plus the index card also works as a bookmark. If you use e-book, make your questions as annotations in the book. Then you can see the annotations later to quiz yourself.

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