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Retaining & Recalling Knowledge Learnt
Natalie Angie Tang, Student (Other), Malaysia, Member
How do we retain & recall knowledge that was learnt?
For example, factors like:
- First and last - people will almost always recall the beginning of events more accurately than the middle or end and they will recall information / events at the end more frequently than those that occur in the middle.

Retaining & Recalling Knowledge Learnt
Benedict Omuya ODIGO, Nigeria, Member
The retention of what is learnt is dependent on several factors like
1. Individual’s Intelligent Quotient (IQ)
2. Whether or not the leaner is conversant with the subject matter.
3. The state of mind of the leaner
4. The mode of delivery of the subject
5. The competence of the teacher.
6. The learning environment.
To be able to remember what you have learnt you must first know yourself. By this I mean that should know your mental capacity. If you are the type that easily forgets what you have learnt, then you must engage in studying over and over what you have been taught. You should endeavor to rid your mind of all encumbrances that are likely to cause distraction.

Retaining & Recalling
Althea Michael, Manager, India, Member
Learners should be introduced to tools like Flash Cards and Mind Mapping to revise/recall information from a training session or a learning experience where information was shared.
These two tools are quite effective!

Retaining & Recalling Information
Wulf-Dieter Krueger, Teacher, Thailand, Member
According to my experience, the best way of retention is multi-channel - audio, visual and kinesthetic = hearing, seeing doing.
Repetition should be in the same manner and sequence.

Retaining and Recalling Information
David Guild, Consultant, Australia, Member
- Repetition is the time consuming way I did most of my learning, but in 1997 I found the book Memory by Herbie Brennan and he describes some very effective way of remembering by
- Remembering the first few words which trigger the rest. Note that if you forget the first key, nothing follows. It works like an actor: how does he remember all those lines? By following the one in front and then it flows. I tried it on my daughter when she was 7 gave her 30 unrelated words and then left her for 15 minutes and she could tell me all 30 back, 29 plus a little help.
- Dale Carnegie uses word association, in his book.

Retention and Recalling
Raghu Raman, Professor, Sultanate of Oman, Member
Many experts opined about the above mentioned two aspects.In addition to this I would like to add two things, resulting in the 4 R's:
- READ: The 4 R's are very important to the students.They may read nicely without focus by distraction e.g. cell phones. You need to really READ.
- RETAIN: But even if they read well, their retention capacity depends upon heir IQ level
- RECALL: During the examination many students forget or confuse with the questions and they are unable recall from the memory.
- REPRODUCE: Finally if they Retain the content/text only they are able write the exams well and come out with flying colours as per the requirement or key answers of the script

Hence these 4 R's are very important. Of course if they practice through writing, remembrance will be increased in many fold.

5 R's to Retain and Recall Information
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
@Dr.Raghu Raman: Nice, these 4 R's!
If we substitute the word practice in your last remark by REHEARSE, we could have 5 R's:
Read ⇒ Rehearse ⇒ Retain ⇒ Recall ⇒ Reproduce
Just a thought :-).

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