Tip 64: Fight the forgetting curve

The 'forgetting curve' is a concept that was developed by the German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus in the late 19th century. It triggered a series of more studies on the topic of memory loss over time. Ebbinghaus found out that memory retention declines at an exponential rate over time if there is no active effort to retain it.

What does this mean for the area of learning? If you are attending a two-day training and you don't engage in active retention afterwards, you are likely to lose approximately 90% of what you have learned within one month. In order to avoid this, here is what I usually do:

  1. Make clear what your own personal learning targets are before even joining the training.

  2. Write your own summary of the key concepts f