Connect what you just learned to experiences you previously had.
Associative learning is the process of relating something new to something you already know.
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This is an extremely effective way to speed up the learning process.
If you quiz yourself and answer incorrectly, you are more likely to remember the right answer after you look it up and you'll also remember the fact you didn't remember.
Even just thinking that you'll need to teach someone can make you learn more effectively.
Teaching means seeking out key points and organizing information into a coherent structure.
When you have to learn something new, try to associate it with something you are already familiar with. Then you only have to learn where it differs. You'll also be able to apply greater context, which will help with memory storage and retrieval.
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.
Retrieval is when you try to recall what you've learned. There are many ways to do this, some better than others.
Why it works: It strengthens your memory and interrupts forgetting. The act of retrieving information helps facilitate long-term recall.
How to apply it: Summarize the material in your own words. Don't copy and paste it; you won't get the learning benefits from it. Use your own memory, even if it feels hard.