4 Simple Techniques to Remember Everything You Learn
Spacing out the repetition, rather than cramming it into one session, is more effective. To use this learning technique:
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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.
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.
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.
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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No matter how busy successful people are, they always spend at least an hour a day (thus five hours a week) learning or practicing. And they do this across their entire career.
Besides expanding your knowledge, reading can give you a good head start; this is often what your peers cannot obtain.
Even if you can't commit to an hour or more of reading every day, start with 20 to 30 minutes.
The five-hour rule also includes reflecting and thinking. This could be just staring at the wall or jotting down your thoughts.
Focusing on the past gives you a chance to learn from mistakes you've made, as well as assess what you did correctly. As a result, you’ll be better suited to achieve your goals and improve your life.
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In the first hour after you learn something, if nothing is done with new the information, you will forget about 50% of it.
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A big part of our forgetting is related to a healthy functioning of our memory: our brains select what’s important and dismiss the rest.
Studies show that forgetting plays a positive role in how the brain works - forgetting has the potential to increase long-term retention, information retrieval and performance.
When you deliberately remember something you’ve learned or came across recently, you signal to your brain that it needs to hold onto that piece of information.
When you are exposed to the same information multiple times, it takes less time to trigger and set in motion the information in your long-term memory and it becomes easier for you to fetch the information when you need it.
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