The Best Way To Memorize Is A Time-Tested System From Grade School

February 21, 2018


Forget names, dates or having a hard time remembering for a speech?  You may want to resort to an old school way of learning and turn to flashcards.  That's the recommendation of one scientist who says learning any complex topics by constantly repeating the same information is the best way to keep the knowledge in your head.  Research has long shown that we absorb information better when it's repeated, but also when we have time to rest and reflect between study or practice times. But flash cards are only half the formula.  The best flashcards have a question on one side and the answer on the other. When you look at the question, you make a mental effort to remember the answer before you turn over the card and look. That effort to search your own memory banks for the issue is called active recall, and it's better for learning than if you were simply reading text.


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