There are many things out there taught in school systems that are pretty dumb— rote memory learning is one of them.

Let me get this straight. Rote memory Learning is by far one of the stupidest and time consuming ways to learn new information out there.

And to top it all off… (this is the kicker) YOU FORGET IT ALL IN A FEW WEEKS TO MONTHS.

What a deal… haha. Yeah… right…

So if you’re serious about learning and learning the right way please read this article and drop the deadly practice of pure repetition learning.

Technique 1: Experience

If you want to have something stick and have it stick for a long time you have to make it into an experience.

Come on! We all know you have that one memory where a teacher brought in a prop and demonstrated what was being taught, did you ever forget? Nope! We all have a few instances of this, I know I do!

Technique 2: Connection

When we can easily connect a piece of new information to and already existing old piece of information in our heads it is much easier to remember and recall what was taught.

Think about it. Have you ever had to learn a word that sounded like a word you already know and it just stuck? Or what about having a certain experience you related too in a certain class and connecting it that way? I’m sure you have used this in some way or another.

Technique 3: Deep Learning

This translates to skill based learning as well as academic fact base learning.

We are programed in society to think faster is better but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We need to freakin slow down. When learning a new word or skill take extra time and notice the sound of the word, the spelling, the definition, and the overall “feel” of it a couple times over. This will create a deep sense of familiarity with the word or skill and overall increased sense of memory surrounding it.

Only once you feel you have a good grasp over the word/skill speed up and go faster over it. We want those deep neural connections baby!

Exploit These For Your Advantage

Of course all of these techniques involve SOME rote memory learning passages but they don’t rely of them ALONE. You will always need repetition to solidify things in the brain but when you find a shortcut (like the ones mentioned above) you can cut the learning speed curve up to 6x.

So instead of having to repeat a group of words for 6 hours to get them drilled into your memory, you will only have to do them for an hour (or less once you get good at it.)

Another good point to make is rote memory learning is based on hope, while these are based on taking control and ensuring you have the information when you need it.

Happy learning!

Brandon Breaker