How to Make Memorizing Easier

If you’re wondering how to make memorizing easier, whether it’s a presentation, product information, or the vocabulary of a new language you’re learning, you’ll be interested in the idea of the spacing effect.  Which of the following 2 methods do you think makes learning easier?

(1) lots of repetition in a short period of time

(2) repetition spaced out over a period of time

Read the following from Memrise.com to find out the answer.

How to Make Memorizing Easier

Wondering how to make memorizing easier? Try spacing out your review sessions.

The reason that spaced repetition makes for easier learning is unclear.

One proposed explanation is that you are more likely to pay attention in spaced repetition than in massed repetition. If you are shown an item that you saw very recently (massed repetition), you are more likely to see it as familiar, redundant and boring, and so you’re not likely to give it your full attention. On the other hand, if you are shown an item that you last saw a while ago (spaced repetition), your memory of it will be weaker, and so your interest will likely be higher and you’re more likely to pay attention. Given that failure to pay attention is one of the main causes of forgetting, this seems like a plausible explanation of why spaced repetition is more effective than massed repetition.

You can read the entire blog post here.

So it appears that it’s the time between reviews that makes a big difference in terms of the benefits you get from each review. So start well ahead of when you need the information and plan out your review sessions.

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