I use to believe REPETITION was evil and a waist of time. I still have days where this feels very true. That said I’ve come to understand this beast and I’d like to share with you some insight.
I may not be the only one to feel frustrated or guilty about repeating, reviewing, and re-reading yet again. I feel annoyed mostly because I’ve attached a story to it that feels yuck. Allow me to illustrate:
“You should know this already”
“Why didn’t you get it the first time around”
“Here you go again repeating the same lesson”
“Why does it take you so long to Get It”
“This is a waste of time, you should know this already”
Have you had any of the following happen to you..
Read a book (let’s say a few hundred pages). You loved it! Now you want to tell a friend about it and are aware you’ve retained a fraction of what you thought you learned.
You attended a conference. Listened attentively to speaker after speaker and thanked your lucky stars you took the time to come and learn from so many talented individuals. You go back home and tell your friends and colleagues about your experience. Humm generic feedback.. really valuable, you must go, I learned so much. Or Did You?
Your college education. Mine is a fog and I’m not the party animal type, so I can’t blame the alcohol. Before each exam I wished I had a photographic memory. I often daydreamed about how wonderful it would be to read it once and know it all.
Some of you may jump to the conclusion that if you are truly passionate about what it is you are learning you will retain the knowledge you are cramming in. Continue reading