Spaced Repetition


Spaced repetition is a form of rote learning that is based on assimilating certain information, allowing time intervals to pass, which are becoming longer and longer between one practice session and another. It is a technique that is being used a lot today, in order to remember content and put skills into practice in the long term instead of doing it intensively in a short time.

The space between each training increases little by little, as what has been learned becomes stronger, thanks to the spaced repetition technique. It is important to note that the basic purpose of this technique is to review all the content that has been learned in different periods of time. In this way, all the moments of practice move away temporarily and in this way the information that is retained in the memory ends up being better recorded.

One of the pioneers in describing this phenomenon was Hermann Ebbinghaus, who presented the theory that when learning is spread over several time intervals, the information tends to be better retained than if all the content had been studied in a single day. .

For example, if a person has to study for an exam and only spends about 5 hours the day before it, after the exam, most of the information studied will have been forgotten in a few days, otherwise it would have happened, if those 5 hours, would have been distributed over several days.

Now, the person who wishes to put this technique into practice must first begin by dividing the information to be studied into small blocks of content.

For example, if you are learning a foreign language, you should start with a few words and if you want to memorize slightly longer fragments, it is better to resort to outlining or summarizing the information.