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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

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 tha...

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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. 
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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 con...

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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 ...

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Richard Feynman
“If you can’t explain it in simple terms, then you don’t understand it.”

Richard Feynman

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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 i...

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Even if you can't commit to an hour or more of reading every day, start with 20 to 30 minutes.

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Plan ahead for the week, month or year when you are energized and feeling motivated, for better results for getting stuff done.

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