"Yes ... but!" - I answer. Yes, you have to, indeed. But, with learning techniques you can memorize much more in a short time and by skillful repetition you have it really ready in the long run.
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 things were "sorted out" 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, including the names of people you meet, I recommend five repetitions. This also applies, for example, to the route method that I present in my audiobook "The Perfect Name Memory" and with which you can memorize information, facts and even entire 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?
Remember the name there is the problem that you can not re-order new acquaintances to repeat the names and faces. But that is not necessary!
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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