I came across this post (by @jeffshek) which I found interesting and something I'd like to be more aware of and better at. Thought others here would like to be aware of it.
@rosiesherry HUGE shoutout and so many thanks! This community of makers is amazing.
I was feeling a little down from some negative feedback on Reddit and seeing you post this really made my Friday morning!
It's totally worth your time!
Spaced Repetition Systems have been popular in some niches for a long time. I got really interested in them in the mid 2000s to the point where I had tens of thousands of items in decks, and I even contributed to an open source project called Anki in 2008.
Also, while SRS definitely has a place as a tool, there are a lot of people who have over-used it and found areas where it fails. I'm one of them!
Here's a podcast on the evolution of these kinds of systems and how to make the most of them if you're interested: https://alchemist-camp-learning.pinecast.co/episode/54efce7a1c97481f/spaced-repetition-systems
I LOVE anki. I use it mainly to learn German, and it gives me the best results so far, compared to any other system, language courses included.
One of my side projects, MemorizeOnline, relies on this technique for teaching Portuguese epic poetry. I've also been avid user of Anki for many years.
Yay to the Anki shoutout! I loved it so much, I built a crappy (non-spaced repetition) version that became the Android app. Other people built the difficult features :)
I have a huge interest in the area. Would be fun to build an app around spaced repetition.
if you are using Evernote, you could use https://neuracache.com/ for spaced repetition and flashcards , just launched it 1 month ago :)
I love to read a lot of things and expend my knowledge. However, for a long time, I never had the impress I remembered what I wanted to remember while reading. Plus it was pretty cumbersome to find back the information I wanted.
I invented a system I refined over the year and I still refine today.
When I read a book or an article which looks interesting enough, I take notes on paper about it since, to me, writing is a very good way to understand and memorize. At that point, I don't necessarily try to formulate the ideas with my own words, but I try hard to understand what I'm reading.
Then I take these notes and I copy them into a Mind Map using Freemind. I use my own words to personalize the knowledge, but not too much not to lose the information or deform it.
Why a Mind Map?
It's easy to focus on only one part of the knowledge by folding the branch you don't need.
It's very visual, you can have the whole knowledge of your resource in one place on one screen with colors or icons.
It links information together. It's very important to have a mental model of linked ideas for understanding and memorization.
I categorized these Mind Map in different folder and synchronize them via Nextcloud (similar to Dropbox but self hosted).
I have my whole organizational system in a Mind Map as well and based on GTD (Get Things Done). I have every project in there, and each week I decide how many Pomodoro sessions I will do for some of them during the week.
One of my project is called "active recall" (from active learning). In there, their are every Mind Map category I have and each week I pick some of them for actively recalling them.
For example, I'm trying to learn computer science at the moment, discrete mathematics to be precise. My goal was 2 pomodoro for the week, so when I begin to work on it I open my Mind Maps and simply learn and write (again) the key points.
I write as well some question for my future self on the first node of the Mind Map, and the next time I open it again, I try to answer them. I try to do some exercises as well depending on the nature of the knowledge.
The result? It's fantastic. I can pull off my brain studies I know I will need, to justify myself why this or that is not effective at work for example.
In short, active learning + spaced recognition is the best way to learn I know.
I'm thinking more and more doing some Youtube Video or articles about my whole productivity system, what I know about learning and so on. For now, I wrote an article about what I learned when I tried to learn Computer Science and how I learned it, if somebody is interested.
It's more for developers, but I think everybody can find something useful in there,especially the part "Computer Science 101: Study Plan".
Spaced repetition is one of the key factors in the Japanese courses aim building.
In addition to “shocking” the mind with showing unexpected things. Such as, when learning vocabulary, I weave past and future words into lesson recall practice — which triggers an immediate “what? We didn’t discuss this!” reaction.
Which is exactly what I want as it literally triggers your brain to begin forming new neurons.
I highly recommend sitting in on Yale Medical’s cognitive science courses. One of the best things I ever did. Learned a ton about how the brain works.
Just finished reading the article. Really interesting. Fortunately, i have a really good memory. But, I see how that technique can help to get even better on remembering important stuff. @rosiesherry, what would you use it for? Programming syntax and short chains of tasks? Like in the article?
I only find it difficult to remember things that I do not do regularly. So like remembering commands that I need every 6 month or so. Those I keep in cheat sheet notes. I am okay with looking them up though.
I can imagine learning languages that way would be helpful. Improving my English vocabulary for example....
In addition to Anki and Supermemo mentioned within I also really like Clozemaster which combines cloze completions (a language learning technique where one fills in blanks in sentences given a translation) with spaced repetition.
This looks like a really interesting technique! I'd never heard of it, but I'll be trying it out for sure. Thanks for sharing :)