Do you forget 90% of what you've learnt?

Updated: Jul 16, 2018

Did you know, unless you use some form of learning retention or memory aid, you are likely to forget 90% of what you are taught or presented within a week?

Over 100 years ago Hermann Ebbinghaus did a renowned study that proved that, without retention aids of one sort or another, people will forget 50% of content an hour after learning, 70% within a day and 90% within a week. Ebbinghaus called this the "Forgetting Curve". The study has been re-tested many times over the years and is still relevant today.

90% - That's a significant number! But there's lots you can do to reduce memory loss combat the forgetting curve.

By using some simple tips and hacks we can help pull the knowledge back into our minds, and over time move from our short-term to our long-term memory.

Memory is the building block of excellence, if you can't remember the details of a subject and master the basics, you will always be a novice at your chosen skill set, rather than excel to an expert.

There are lots of techniques you can try; mnemonics, memory palaces, incorporating emotional connections, visualisation techniques, and lots of good practices you should implement; sleep methods, scheduling time to learn, exercise.

Take a look at our blogs for ideas. A good place to start is with the basics.


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