The Secret to Beating the Forgetting Curve

Is it better to binge on new lessons, or to learn incrementally over time?

If your goal is to retain that knowledge and apply it when new situations require it, studies have shown that your best bet is to learn in smaller doses, and repeat key information over time.

But why?

Doesn’t being exposed to a new fact or a new method automatically embed it in our memory, where we can retrieve it later at will?

As it turns out, the answer is a decisive “no,” because that’s not how human brains are wired.

As a result, educators must overcome a condition that plagues every student: the forgetting curve.

The Forgetting Curve in Action

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