Everyone who is preparing for the certification exam considers to pass it on the first attempt. Few people do it. Most even do not complete the study, not saying are trying to pass the exam. Those who passed prefer to keep learnt material in memory. It’s associated with repetitive reproduction of information.
Repetition is one of the main conditions to remember and learning the material. It influences exactly to the long time memory. The right way of learnt material repetition improves its preservation and further reproduction.
It’s important to use special techniques of repetition:
- Active repetition – answer the questions, find or come up with the examples which are relevant to the material.
If you learn something, and it is important to you, and you can connect it with many things you already know, your memory retention will be very high.
If you learn something, and it is not important to you, and you do not connect it with anything you already know, you will have poor retention and require regular repetition.
When you need to remember a huge amount of information and reproduce it accurately sequential repetition of all the material will be ineffective.
- Break all the material to several smaller pieces and remember the resulting structure.
- Learn and repeat each part separately. It’s important to make pauses.
The frequency and intensity of the process have special importance.
As I mentioned the biggest part of the learnt material we forget within 1 hour if no repetition was done. Therefore, the first repetition should be just after the first study. You’ll need several more repetitions: 20 minutes after first, 8 hours after second, 24 hours after third. It will help you if you have 2 days for preparation. It will vary depends on your goals – for how long do you plan to keep that information.
According to Ebbinghaus’ research, there are a few key principles involved in the forgetting curve:
- It is often easier for learners to memorize new information if it ties into real-world situations. Information must be relevant and meaningful to them, or else they are likely to forget it more rapidly.
- When there is more learning material involved, the amount of time it takes to absorb information significantly increases.
- As a general rule, learners are able to relearn information more easily than learning the subject matter for the first time. In addition, each time information is relearned, the length of time it takes to forget the information goes up.
- Learners are able to learn more effectively when information absorption is spread out over a longer period of time, as opposed to having to learn it all at once.
- Learners start to forget information immediately after the learning experience. In fact, this is the time when forgetting occurs most rapidly. However, forgetting will slow down over the course of time.
Based on the ideologies of the forgetting curve, in order to avoid memory overload, it’s important to keep lessons as brief as possible and to offer follow-up learning experiences. Learning must also be disbursed over time.
It’s mean that we need the certain mode to remember the material.
This approach represents the concept Ebbinghaus was proposing in his work. Retention as a function of repeated learning. Each revisiting of learnt material reinforces its retention.
It means exercises and activities aimed at reviewing and revisiting learnt content can be beneficial to improving retention and recall.
There is no easy way to memorize. Remembering is a skill and requires quite a lot of mental effort. There are techniques, but they are not effortless.
How would you correct the preparation with you next certification?