1 Concept to Make You a Better Learner [Part 1]

When to avoid the grind and learn more in the long term

Note from the author: This is going to be a short post today because it’s Saturday, it’s rainy here, and I’m tired. But conquering perfectionism is a daily practice, so here we are.


Two groups are learning Spanish.

Group A studies some vocab material and tests their proficiency on that same day.

Group B studies some vocab material and tests their proficiency a month later.

8 years later, they got the tested the groups on the same material.

Group B—the group with 30 days in between the studying session and the test—retained 250% more of the material.

So, what’s going on here?

It’s a concept in the study of learning called spacing. Practice something, take some time off, then come back to practice again.

You may have heard of deliberate practice, where you design a system that’s ideal for mastering a new skill. Well you can consider spacing as distributed practice.

It’s a deliberate attempt to not practice.

So what does this mean for you, the creator?

Check your inbox tomorrow for Part 2. I’ll dig a little deeper into this topic and find out how I think about spacing, as a creator.

Until tomorrow,
Jake

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