I've recently taken on the challenge to learn more about learning. My son loves languages and he is always trying to find ways to increase his speed in learning a new language. Yesterday he shared an idea with me that is changing my way of thinking about learning. He said the way to remember what you are learning is to forget.
To clarify, it's not really forget to the point you cannot recall it ever, but just before that point. So what I mean is, "spaced repetition." Here is how: study a list of words or multiplications and commit them to memory. Then put them away for awhile. Bing out the stack again and review them. When you come to one you can't quite remember stare at it and ask your mind to remember it (don't give into the temptation to turn the card over) just stare and ask. This process of recalling will strengthen the long-term memory's neuron pathways so that you will never forget it again.
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