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Boost your memory by Darren Bridger

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The memory secrets of the parrot

Sometimes good old-fashioned repetition has its benefits…

…particularly if you follow these techniques.

Imagine a dense forest. One day you beat a path through the trees. It’s slow and hard work but the next day, when you take the same route, it becomes a little easier as you push back more of the branches. Gradually, day by day, a clear footpath emerges.

Learning is a lot like that: repetition gradually strengthens your memory pathways. The more times you travel the same routes, the stronger the memory gets. If you only experience something once, and don’t think about it again, it will almost certainly be forgotten.

Schools have now de-emphasised rote learning in favour of making sure students actually ...

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