1. This chart helps to explain why taking notes is so important at a lesson. Don't just rely on the teacher's notes. Writing notes will help you to remember the class with more clarity.
2. This chart explains why the best time to practice is immediately after the lesson.
3. This chart explains why spaced repetition is so important. We forget most things we've learned if we don't heed the science of forgetting.
4. This chart demonstrates that we forget two-thirds of what we practiced the day before.
5. The chart should give you comfort that you are a normal learner.
6. The Harvard paper below offers some concrete helpful information on memorisation.
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Replication and Analysis of Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve | PLOS ONE
How Memory Works | Derek Bok Center, Harvard University
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
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