Email Your Memory
- A couple of months ago, my friend Jonathan introduced me to spaced repetition. Spaced repetition is a method to augment your long-term memory. This is how I have been using it to learn the NATO phonetic alphabet (Alfa, Bravo, Charlie…).
- Spaced repetition (SR) is essentially flashcards that you review at the right time, i.e., when you are about to forget them, to improve long-term retention.
- The problem is that you don't realize when you are about to forget something. That's where software comes in handy.
- After having tried popular SR apps, I believe email is the simplest, most natural way to implement spaced repetition for yourself. To test that, I set up an email address and sent it the NATO phonetic alphabet (A as in Alfa, B as in Bravo, C as in Charlie…).
- The subject of the email is the front of the flashcard and the body is the back. The service emailed me back to review my cards after 3 hours, 1 day, 2 days, 4 days, etc. and helped me remember it forever.
- It's like emailing your memory. ✉️ ➡️ 🧠
- To learn more about SR:
- Augmenting Long-term Memory by Michael Nielsen
- How To Remember Anything Forever-ish by Nicky Case
- Spaced Repetition for Efficient Learning by Gwern Branwen
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