Active recall is one of the best, most powerful, and most efficient ways to learn anything, quickly.

It is when you actively stimulate your memory for a piece of information. Traditionally, students learn by trying to put data into their brains. With active recall, we learn by retrieving information from our brains. Although this may sound strange, in practice, it is very straightforward.

Active recall involves taking a topic you wish to learn, creating questions based on that topic, and then repeatedly testing yourself on those questions. By forcing your brain to retrieve the information, it ensures that you actively learn it instead of passively reading it. Not only are we significantly more likely to remember the information, but active recall makes us acutely aware of topics that we do not understand and require additional attention.

Research shows it to be one of the most effective memory retention methods.



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