By PLA team Leader Alaina
Think back to the first time you met someone, and how you felt afterwards. Did you remember everything about them? Likely not. Although may have been able to recall simple things, the vast majority of the details were lost from your brain with time. But with later conversations, you begin to learn and remember more and more about the person, and may even develop a strong personal connection.
The same thing happens with your brain when you learn something. The first time you are exposed to the material, you forget 50% of it within the first 24 hours because the information hasn’t been stored in long-term memory. With successive revisions of the material, just for a few minutes, more of the information becomes stored in your long-term memory, and although time will erode some of those memories, subsequent reviews require less time to return to 100% retention.
This happens because the formation of connections between the neurons of your brain is like a friendship. The first random firing of the cells cause preliminary connections to form between neurons, and the more information is passed between them, the stronger the association will become. In other words, the more use of the neural pathway, the stronger it becomes. With time and a lack of firing, the connections will weaken until they are used again.
So don’t let your connections fade, revisit them on a regular basis to keep them strong! How can you fit this into your already busy life? Try our idea of a routine Sunday afternoon review of your lecture material from the previous week. Just 10 minutes per course! Surely you have an hour every Sunday?
A good friendship takes work, so does effective studying and learning.