Do you want to learn faster? Whatever you’re learning, whether it’s a new language, playing an instrument or studying for an exam, you want the time you spend learning to be effective. You want the time that you sacrifice to be effective, and you want to retain as much knowledge for as long as possible.
The key to good studying is definitely not the amount of time spent on it, but the results. In other words, what stays in one’s memory.
The bucket of water concept
It’s easiest to compare how our brain remembers information to a bucket of water, with a small exception. To fill a bucket with water, just pour water into it until it starts to flow over the brim. Our brain just doesn’t work like that. We can’t “pour” knowledge into it. Most of the information leaks out of the brain and we forget about it.
The analogy to a leaking bucket seems very negative to us, but it’s very normal. If a person was to remember everything, he/she would go crazy. A person can remember many facts and experiences, but not all of them. Some parts we simply forget.
Scientists involved in the study of memory have found that people remember the following:
5% of what they learned during lectures
10% of what they have read themselves – books, articles
20% of what they have learned using audio-visual aids – movies, applications
30% of what they see, when somebody else is showing them how a task is done
50% of what is said, when having a group discussion
75% of what they learned when regularly repeating it
90% of what they had just learned and had to immediately use in practice, e.g. explain the information to another person
How do we learn?
Mostly in classes where reading and viewing pictures are the most commonly practiced, but still, even 80% of what a teacher or lecturer relays to us, we lose. We’re simply teaching our brain passive acceptance of information, not memorization and use of it.
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