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Spaced Review

Here’s a normal ‘forgetting curve’ (Ebbinghaus, 1885):

From 'Study Smarter, Not Harder' Kevin Paul. Self Counsel Press, 1996

However, if you review what you’ve learned right after you learn it, and then refresh your memory at properly-spaced intervals, you can change the normal ‘forgetting curve’ to be more like this:

From 'Study Smarter, Not Harder' Kevin Paul. Self Counsel Press, 1996

This is one of the most well-known and replicated cognitive psych research findings, yet one of the least applied. You can make practical application of this research for yourself by taking just three minutes to review something you’ve learned recently. Here’s a useful set of time intervals: review after one hour, then that evening, then after one day, then one week, then one month. That’s only 15 minutes in a month---and you’ll end up remembering much more than if you dedicated 15 minutes to a single block of review.