Factors that make you forget what you’ve studied
- Memorizing without understanding.
- Lack of attention and concentration.
- Lack or bad distribution of review times.
- Not connecting what you learn with what you already know.
- Not using what you learn.
- Excessive nervousness, which blocks your mind.
- Little interest in what you are learning.
This means that in the hours right after you study, you forget more quickly that in the following hours.
A solution that can help you stop forgetting is to plan the review times.
Studying in the morning or at night just depends on personal habits and characteristics.
Planning the review
Learning something new takes time, on the contrary, reviewing takes a very short time when the information has recently been incorporated. If you don’t review what you’ve learned, you can quickly forget all of it, and have to learn everything again, basically from scratch.
Considering your forgetting curve, you should specially review shortly after you’ve studied.
Organize your schedule already considering time for reviews. An example in organizing your reviews could be:
First review: review the same day that you study.
Second review: review the following day.
Third review: review a week after the second review.
Fourth review: review a month after the last review.
This improves how knowledge is fixed in your memory, making successive reviews shorter and easier to tackle.
If you wait to study the entire class curriculum before you take time to review individual topics, you’ll have forgotten many of them, and you will therefore have to invest a lot more time in the process.