No matter what you learn, no matter how you learn, the lessons you have to repeat to keep it permanent. "Great!" You say, "I read through some learning techniques, and in the end I have to repeat ...".
"Yes ... but!" - I answer. Yes, you must, in fact. But, with learning techniques you can memorize considerably more in a short time and by repetitive repetition you have it really in the long run ready.
What is often done wrong
In the brain, different processes are taking place, which process the recorded content unconsciously. Much of this happens even during sleep. This is also necessary in order to create the most effective network of information that takes up relevant information without consuming capacities for non-essentials.
The only problem is that too often "sorted out" things that were important. What do we keep in the longer term? Emotional, and moving - if your daughter tells you that she is pregnant, she does not have to repeat that - pictorial, and above all, what we have repeatedly used.
Information that leaves traces
If you have learned a lot in one day without repeating it, it has left very little mark on the brain, so it's often forgotten the very next day. Better: only five times, for the correct distance, repeat
To avoid this, the first repetition is recommended after about an hour. Important: Repeating does not mean learning new things. You simply go through the contents once more and check whether you know everything. How often you should repeat something depends heavily on previous knowledge and complexity.
For most content, even for names of people you know, I recommend five reps. This also applies, for example, to the route method that I introduce in my audiobook "The perfect name memory" and with which you can memorize information, facts up to full lectures, in the correct order.
After an hour - but definitely the same day After a day After a week After a month After half a year
The first repetitions are the most important
Especially the first repetitions are very important, so that the contents are at all sensibly integrated into the existing ones. Unfortunately, this is often done wrong in school and study: the subject is only once a week, the homework is only started the day before.
There is then already much away again, because the first repetitions were missing. But once the first repetitions have been carried out, the distances can then be rapidly increased.
And by name?
Remembering the name, there is the problem that you can not re-order new announcements to repeat the names and faces. But this is not necessary at all!
If you just go through the mind every day, you know everything you did yesterday, yesterday and a week ago, how the people looked, and what pictures you had designed for the names, that's enough. And it means that you can recognize the people even after weeks and months and welcome by name.
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