The well-tested study technique of reading through a textbook repeatedly is ineffective at helping knowledge retention. It is completely misaligned with how our brains actually work
- Use flashcards to test your memory recall.
- If you recall something correct, move the flashcard to a section you revisit less frequently.
- If you don't recall something, revisit the flashcard more often.
Understanding the brain
- The brain does not store information in the same format as a computer does and we have very little control over it.
- Memories are made up of many different connections in different locations across the brain.
- The brain's capacity for learning new things is limited to 5 to 7 pieces of new information at a time.
Hacking the brain
- Recalling information more frequently and recently will strengthen memory connections in the brain, similar to exercising muscles.
- By spacing out recall, you're strengthening connections over time for long-term durable retention.