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If you haven’t seen the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve before then you really must look at it now!
It doesn’t tell parents or teachers anything new or surprising, but does answer the question we all ask ourselves “why can’t the kids remember what they learned last week, where their shoes are, what thier zip code is, etc?”
Research tells us that revisiting concepts is the key to long-term memory rentention.
Repetition, repetition, repetition.
The speed of forgetting depends on a number of factors such as the difficulty of the learned material (e.g. how meaningful it is), its representation and physiological factors such as stress and sleep. The difference in performance (e.g. at school) can be explained by mnemonic representation skills.
Basic training in mnemonic techniques can help overcome those differences in part.
Each repetition in learning increases the optimum interval before the next repetition is needed (for near-perfect retention, initially repetitions may need to be made within days, but later they can be made after years).
So I repeat: Repeat, repeat and repeat again! Eventually it WILL Stick!