Remember to Repeat

Okay, so this is my last blog post on the book Brain Rules by John Medina. There is a lot in there and I can’t give you a summary of all the good stuff. Maybe I’ve intrigued you through these snip-its of information that you will read it yourself! Regardless, let’s wrap up this book and look at another “Brain Rule”.  In my last post I shared the “Repeat to Remember” rule. Here is another rule that intrigues me, it is related to our long term memory, “Brain Rule #6: Remember to Repeat.” I am going to keep this one short and sweet – probably because I am on holiday sugar overload! But, this is my take away from this specific rule.

Repeated exposure to information at timed intervals provides the most powerful way to fix memory into the brain. Okay, nothing earth shattering there…sounds like common sense. But, there is some neat science behind it that helps understand why this occurs. As  information is introduced into our brains, electrical representations of the information are built up slowly over many repetitions, and continuous repetitive cycles layer on similar information and adds to your knowledge base. And the more elaborate the re-exposure of the information is, in spaced intervals, it will increase the chances of the information becoming a long-term memory.

In a nutshell, learning occurs best when we incrementally introduce information over time, rather than jam it all in at once. Food for thought as you consider learning activities that you may be creating as an educator or participating in as a student. Not everyone gets it the first time, so remember to repeat!

Happy New Year everyone!