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We Are What We Remember

Memory And Learning

Our memories are a major component in our learning process, and all knowledge that we accumulate is stored in memory. Effective learning happens when we hook something that we learn to something already in our memory, in a meaningful context. This creates a strong learning network in our brain, giving birth to innovative connections and fresh ideas.

Being passionate and committed towards our learnings also eliminates the need to cram up stuff.

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