I want to remember more things!
It is best to
again the next
day, and then a
week later will
The best time to
ﬁnish cramming is
20 minutes or
less before the
test, so everything
is still fresh.
will help you
When is the best time to study?
How long does it take?
The content from a one hour lecture
Is it worth it to review? That’s up to you!
Cramming looks like a pretty good idea right now, but does it save time?
Total time required when...
Whether you’re keen to learn or just want to pass your classes, there are optimal
times to study in order to meet your learning goals.
Wait, so how fast
am I forgetting
According to the Ebbinghaus
forgetting curve, if you don’t
review the information again...
After You recall
There are a few tricks you can use to improve memory retention.
Creating the memory...
Strengthening the memory...
different cells in your
These neurons pass
electrical signals to one
The more you recall a
memory, the stronger
Memories are never
lost, but connections
will degrade over time
and become harder to
Working Memory Long-Term Memory
Less than 1 second A few seconds to a minute Potentially unlimited
How does memory work?
Day 1: the lecture
Day 30: the exam
If we follow the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve...
For those of you who are not geniuses, Ebbinghaus
developed the Forgetting Curve in 1885, demonstrating
the rate at which our brain forgets new information.
Overall less time spent studying
Less stress before the test
Retaining information long-term
Need to be really organized
Extra time required to review
More time to do what you want
instead of studying!
No planning required!
More stress when cramming
No long-term retention
The Keener The Slacker
To put it simply, mnemonics are techniques to make new information more
relatable. A common mnemonic device is using acronyms to memorize a list.
The letters in the acronym prompts the memory, and connects the information.
Active recall occurs when you engage your brain as you’re learning. Some
active recall strategies include answering questions in your head as you’re
learning, drawing out a diagram from memory, or explaining something you
just read to someone else.
If you can relate new information to things you
already know, or things that are personally relevant
to you, it will be easier to recall because you will be
creating more connections to it in your brain.
Relate the topic to yourself
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