Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

there is an ideal moment to practice what you've learned. Practice too soon and you waste your time. Practice too late and you've forgotten the material and have to relearn it. The right time to practice is just at the moment you're about to forget. Unfortunately, this moment is different for every person and each bit of information.

Fortunately, human forgetting follows a pattern. We forget exponentially. A graph of our likelihood of getting the correct answer on a quiz sweeps quickly downward over time and then levels off. This pattern has long been known to cognitive psychology, but it has been difficult to put to practical use. It's too complex for us to employ with our naked brains.

Twenty years ago, Wozniak realized that computers could easily calculate the moment of forgetting if he could discover the right algorithm. SuperMemo … predicts the future state of a person's memory and schedules information reviews at the optimal time. The effect is striking.

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BBC – Lab UK – BBC – LabUK – About Brain Test Britain

Brain training is big news. But does it actually work? With the Brain Test Britain experiment we plan to find out – and we need your help.

We've teamed up with leading scientists to create the biggest ever trial of computer- based brain training. We want to see if brain training really can improve your brain skills, and if so, what kind of training works best.

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Brain Research and Teaching

The science behind learning, for me, is much more important than the politics. Just found a good list of 20 teaching tips derived from brain research.

  1. The brain learns from its environment. Enrich the learning environment.
  2. One’s personal, emotional state greatly influences what is recalled during a learning episode. Deal with emotional influences in your classroom before teaching.
  3. Prime the brain for learning. Provide visual outlines or show select pictures representing different parts of the upcoming lesson.
  4. give the brain time to process verbal information. Pause 3-7 seconds between important statements.
  5. Wait 5 seconds after asking a factual question and 10 seconds after asking a complex question.
  6. Present, rehearse, apply, then review.
  7. Develop concept before content.
  8. Teach by asking questions.
  9. Teach pattern recognition. Often.
  10. Research suggests that neurons need some downtime to consolidate information. Teach new information over time, providing periodic review.
  11. The % of information remembered increases as the learning episode shortens and decreases as the lesson time lengthens.
  12. Change the type of instruction or student activity every 20 minutes.
  13. Teach students how to ask great questions while they are reading.
  14. Periodically, have students record/share 3 things they learned from the lesson or 3 things they found interesting.
  15. Sleep is required to store information into long term memory. John Hopkins University found that it takes 6 hours for a new skill to be consolidated and tagged for long term storage. (Teenagers need at least 9 hours of sleep a night).
  16. Have students listen to music before writing and spatial reasoning activities.
  17. On average, learners will only remember 5% of a lecture 24 hours after it is given. However, they will remember 90% of the information 24 hours later if they teach it to someone else.
  18. Use personal, white, dry erase boards in class to check for understanding as you are teaching.
  19. Very specific and positive comments will be remembered over time and will be immediately motivating to the students.

and then, just to keep bloggers happy,

  1. Journaling has been found to improve memory and cognition. It enhances motivation to read and reading comprehension.