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Use Retrieval Practice to remember what you know

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Use Retrieval Practice to remember what you know

It’s just another way to unlock the secrets of your brainlike a trophy. Or an achievement. Depends what platform you’re gaming on.

Retrieval Practice is a fancy name for trying to remember everythingyou know about a topic. It’s a quietly effective way of strengthening yourmemories of that information, and it’s probably something you’ve been doingwithout knowing this is the fancy name for it.

But now you do. So now you’ll be able to casually tell people you’re really into Retrieval Practice, then watch them try to figure out whether that’s a band, a cult or some new health and wellbeing fad. Or all three.

How do you do this thing?

There are lots of different ways to get your Retrieval Practice happening. It can be as simple as working through some flashcards, doing practice exams or getting someone else to quiz you. On the other hand, you might want to grab a piece of paper and write down everything you know as quickly as possible. Do a full braindump on the page and see how much is in there.

It also helps you spot gaps

Obviously making a list of everythng you know about something is a great way to figure out what’s missing from your mindtanks. While you’re congratulating yourself on how much is locked away there in your brain, take the time to note where you need to focus next. Use a different coloured pen to add in extra info from your textbook or class notes.

What happens when you’re RPing

Accordingto some science we’re not looking up cos we’re pretty busy right now, theact of remembering what you know makes those memories stronger. In fact, thechallenge of straining to recall a piece of information works a bit like liftingweights does for your arms. It means those memories are easier to conjure upwhen you need them during an exam.

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