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The “Porous Years”

Learning is hard. This is partly because it’s too hard to remember stuff we don’t care about nor have no use. Frustration ensues.

But according to Simon Kupfer, we also learn the wrong way. Cramming for tests the night before is apposite to building a strong memory.

If you want to remember anything you’ll need to see it, preferably in the same place for a few minutes each day. The “Spacing Effect” says that short non-stressful memory repetitions ingrain the memory for years to come.

How you learn is just as important as what you learn. Boring topics take longer time to learn but can be eased through cued, daily practice.

Curiosity makes learning easy. But learning is ultimately remembering. You can’t connect the dots without knowing some fundamental information.

Sometimes it’s the useless information that helps solve the last piece of the puzzle.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.