Are you an A or B student that wants more time to enjoy life while scoring top-of-the class high – even if you’re a bad test taker?

I’m not a fan of overly repetitive study strategies. Study strategies typically need some amount of repetition to work but for every bit of repetition you add to a routine you need to squeeze out a little bit of the logic.

Repetitive study strategies tend to work because they present information so many times that our brain thinks it must be important. At first your brain can come up with good reasons to think about the information. You might start noticing the sound the words make. You might find a rhythm to the knowledge.You might start thinking how that information relates to other stuff you know.

After a few minutes of repetition your brain starts to run out of easy things to think about related to the information. It may recall some of the previous thoughts you have but it gives up on developing new distinctions. And, at a certain point, the information just becomes second nature. You have a trigger for the information and you remember it without the strange detours.

Remembering information as second nature feels really good but it’s rarely objectively better than remembering it through strange detours. The funny thing about the strange detours is that they encourage your brain to turn up new stones and remember those stones better too.

For example, remembering 1898 was the start of the Spanish American war might make you think of Roosevelt and his rough riders that fought there. The next time you’re wondering when Roosevelt was president you may not know it off the top of your head but you’ll quickly realize it couldn’t be 1898 because he was busy in Cuba. You’ll suddenly be close to right on other information.

When information becomes second nature you stop making those extra connections with other information in your brain. And, really, as soon as those new connections stop being made it’s probably time to stop studying that information.

Repetition Helps You Remember. It Doesn’t Help You Think.

The Secret To Success

I’ve worked with students for over a decade now –

There is a thing that all successful students (and I suspect all successful people at anything) have in common…

It’s this thing that can come off as crazy – wrong-headed – almost embarrassing.

But those of us that see it and understand it know –

It’s not embarrassing. It’s not wrong-headed. And it’s not crazy. It’s actually one of the most powerful forces in the world.

When I see someone that understands and applies this, I know they’re a person I can trust to get something done. It’s like a secret handshake. It’s like our personal secret conspiracy we’re using to take over the world. And most people just dismiss it.

In fact, I can tell you right now and 95% of you are going to dismiss it.

And only 5% of you will do it.

The secret: Do it. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, do something else.

If you’re ready to do it – to succeed extraordinarily in academics and life then let me send you the details by putting in your email below and checking the box.

Or you can let that doubt take over. That’s your business.

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2 thoughts on “Repetition Helps You Remember. It Doesn’t Help You Think.

  • December 6, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    You can solve your problem with Spaced Repetition.
    Use something like “Anki” search on YouTube to learn about it

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  • February 4, 2016 at 6:53 am
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    Because of my memory problem, I have to repeat information for a week before I remember the small details that teachers love to ask about. The first two-three times I read notes or a textbook, I do it to understand the topic and get a general idea of it. Then I repeat.
    I wish that teachers and lecturers were more interested in checking if their students understand the topics and less about memorization of superfluous details.

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