On repetition

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” ― Zig Ziglar

Note – on the article below, most of the things are from the perspective of a novice, who wishes to clarify things for himself. These should not be treated as expert knowledge.

The thing with repetition is that it’s required on more levels.

Sure, in an enumeration you tend to remember the first item and, to a lesser degree, the last one.

If you wish to memorize something, repeating might help. You need to recall the information in different ways, though – you can summarize information, make an essay, create your own question-and-answers tests, teach someone something about the information you want to memorize.

On another hand, even “brute” repetition works. Just going through the same information over and over will help you remember things.

But how about other aspects of your life? Other than memorizing things, if you want to enforce a habit, going through the same habit a few times will help reinforce it. Do the same thing for 30 days, and you’re more likely to turn that into a habit.

If you want to change your mind, it might help going deep, really turning an issue upside-down.

But it might also help if you go through the process again and again. Instead of doing, how I did it, in one session, for a day or two, just writing for hours at a time, you could go through the process a few minutes each day.

Michael Coyer - 2020 Summer Garden-158
Michael Coyer – 2020 Summer Garden-158, https://flic.kr/p/2jCogZ9

PS, 2021.02.18: Also see: How to write good prompts: using spaced repetition to create understanding.

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