The Trick to Actually Remembering What You Learn

When learning something new, just when you think you can’t learn anymore, keep going - overlearn it.

At least that’s what the folks at Brown University found in a recent study.

In essence:

“when people learn something new and then learn a similar task soon after, the second instance of learning often undermines the mastery achieved on the first… "overlearning” prevents against this kind of interference, cementing the new information so well that the opposite happens instead. For a period of time after overlearning of the first task occurs, effective learning of the second task is blocked.“