Earthsea Anticipation

To get smarter, it is best to try to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible.

I disagree with this statement. If you want to gain knowledge, sure, you could cram your brain full of as much information as it can handle. But I personally believe that the best way to learn information and actually retain it for a long period of time, is by working on it slowly instead of trying to win a race against yourself. Have you ever tried cramming for a big exam the week before? You might think you’ll remember the information better since it’s fresh in your mind, but in reality, you haven’t had enough practice working with the material to fully understand the concept. Who would do better on a test: someone who crammed for forty hours the week before, or someone who studied an hour a day for forty days? It’s the same amount of time spent studying, but the person who spread it out over a longer period of time would end up with the higher score. The reason for this is because the longer you are exposed to something, the better the chance you have of that thing sticking in your long term memory. It’s called long term for a reason! Long term exposure leads to long term memory, short term exposure leads to short term memory. I guess it all comes down to how long you want to retain the information. If you’re learning to get smarter, it is definitely better to slow down and go over the same material over and over and over again.

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