The curve of forgetting

Memory Loss
Patrick Almazan, College Freshman
Intercoast, West Covina, CA

Wow, I never really knew that as time goes on you lose part of what you've learned. The article starts off with a diagram that illustrates how much memory is lost over a course of 30 days after a 1-hour lecture. If you don't know anything with the information you learned, you start to lose that memory within just a few hours.

Loved the Graph!!
Whitney McDonald, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community college, Keizer, Or

This website is great. it really drives home why it is so important to study after math class per se. The graph really helped to make the point visually. I can't believe I've been wasting so much of my time studying in a way that is not really effective. I think if I make the changes in my studying that this website recommends, it would help significantly with my test taking anxiety! Highly recommend this website. Really really helpful stuff!

How this helps me
Stephanie Modglin, College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community ollege, Salem, Oregon

I really like the diagram. It shows me how the memory works and how people tend to forget things over time and how to help. It helps me because Im a visual learner.

Save time
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I found this website very helpful. I am guilty of not always taking the time to review and having to re-learn information. This clearly states how much extra time and frustration can be saved, if we take the time to keep up with review. I will definitely start carving time out to review previous information!

Terra Mullings, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I didn't realize how much information you lose if you don't review new information. It makes sense and I should have connected the dots myself but I just never realized. I always thought there was something wrong with my memory because I would read something and forget large parts of information within a few days. Now I know it's not me that is how memory works. I will definitely be doing more review and more often.

curve of forgetting
Douglas Shearer, College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

Curve of forgetting.--in this article it reinforced what I already knew was that a person needs to constantly review information to retain what you have learned. I believe I will need to incorporate review time into my weekly and semester schedule if I want to test well.

Teaches You Why You Forget and How to Remember
Arielle Brown, HS Senior
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

This site not only gave some insight as to why we forget our lectures so easily, but also how to train our brain to remember things. Who knew that in 30 days after a one hour lecture you forget 97-98% of the information and with just a few minutes of review you can drastically increase your memory of the subject in question. As your recall time becomes faster, your stress level before finals may reduce.

Curve that memeory lost
Brandon Brown, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

I learned that I need to exercise the information I receive in a 24 hour period or else I will lose most of that information. This was very helpful to learn, because I now know I need to get to work on what I'm learning or else suffer the consequences.

Great info!
Leia Brown, College Senior
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

I love that this gives practical information on how to remember things long term without having to re-learn almost everything from each lecture. I was amazed how only 5-10 minutes can make such a huge difference over the course of 30 days!

Finding my Curve
Johny Kubishta, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I have never seen the memory outlook of a subject displayed like this. I'm actually excited to try this for the week. If this works for me I will have a new study plan. I have been looking for a way to juggle my schedule and retain the information while going to school. This may be the curve I've been looking for.

Can't remember anything?
College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

Want to increase your memory? This site is very informative. This site gives you a graph of a 30 day period that shows you how we retain and lose information. It also gives you an easy formula to follow to help retain information.Reading this article was interesting and helpful.

The Curve of Forgetting
College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, McMinnville, OR

The Curve of Forgetting is a great resource for understanding how fast we forget information, which also includes useful tips on how individuals can improve their retention. I had a tendency to study one subject or work on one assignment until it was complete. By the time a test or an exam came, I would often need to relearn the information due to infrequent usage.

Now that I am in college, I have found that studying each subject several times during the week has helped me retain information, which is one of the many useful tips included on this site.

Counselling Services
Anna Magis-Agosta
Chemeketa Commmunity College, Salem,OR

The Counselling Services page on the University of Waterloo website explains how someone forgets information. It uses a chart that explains that on the first day, of a lecture for example, a person goes in with no information at all. On the curve chart that would mean that they are at zero percent on the curve. By the end of the lecture a person would be at 100 percent on the curve because it is all fresh in their minds and they have obtained as much information as they can hold in their memory. Once day two comes around if a person has not utilized the information they learned on day one then about 50-80 percent of what a person learned has been lost. The brain will dump all that information and it will have been forgotten. The curve chart then explains that by day 7 even more information has been lost and by day 30 people only remember about 2-3 percent of what was said in the first hour of the lecture. This small percent that is remembered explains why when people take mid-terms some of the information appears to be brand new.

By understanding the process of the curve someone actually does have the ability to change the way the curve goes. If information gets reused the information sends a signal to the brain for the brain to keep the information rather than dump it. When someone is exposed to information often it takes less time to activate the information from the long term memory portion in the brain. If there isn't any time set aside for reviewing, then it takes 40-50 minutes to relearn each hour of the information. Cramming for an exam or test doesn't store information on the long term portion of the brain and in fact makes it harder to access the information.

The recommended time to review information is about a half an hour every weekday and during the weekends about 1 to 1 hour. Even though review time may not be done every day as long as there is time set aside for it, it is better than not doing anything and only remembering the 2-3% from the first hour of the lecture. People can be very surprised by how much easier it is to retain information and understand it by simply reviewing the information on a regular basis.

The purpose of this website is to explain how quickly and easy it is forgetting information once it has been given to you, in this example a lecture. It gives a visualization through a chart so the reader can see just how quickly a curve goes down if someone doesn't utilize the information they have learned.

I found this website took a very good approach in explaining how easy it is to forget information. There a lot of sites that explain how to not to forget and the tips and steps in remembering. However, this one shows a visualization of how quickly the brain dumps unused information. It also gives percentages of what a person remembers after a certain period of time. This information is critical because people like me don't realize just how much information is forgotten. Understanding how quickly information is lost and seeing a chart is a very effective approach in helping a person find time to review information on a daily basis. It helped me to understand that review time is more than just reviewing and memorizing for my own reasons. Reviewing actually helps to exercise the brain and make it easier for someone to activate information from their long term memory.

Counseling Services

No wonder!
Chemketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

Reading the article I've come realize how quickly our brains forgets what we don't recite often. Almost every test I've had, I've always wondered when did we learn this?! and sometimes i think i know how to do a certain problem but when it comes down to it, my mind goes blank. I don't go over it often because i think i already know it but my brain needs practice!

Now I know and I also know how to fix it. Practice, practice, practice!

Curve of forgetting
Mason Maddox, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Dallas Oregon

This gives you a chart on how one remembers and how one forgets. It also gives you how fast and the percentage one really loses when they don't study.

I think this one was handy because it gave statistics and a visual. The visual gave a good perspective on how beneficial studying would be for retaining information.


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