Subject: 2. Increasing intervals (Scheduling) and "context"
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Date Posted:21:00:38 05/09/06 Tue In reply to:
's message, "Re: 4. How to make a Q&A list out of a complex syllabus" on 10:33:58 05/09/06 Tue
"Let me explain, from my understanding ("The Memory-Key" by Dr.Fiona, a neuroscientist and a memory specialist) repetition increases the strength of a memory. And repetition is much more effective if repetitions are separated from each other by other pieces of information. THIS is the reason why increasing intervals between reviews is effective in the first place (More pieces of information separate the first review from the second creating more "anchors"). The spacing effect occurs for the same reason that learning something in different contexts increases the likelihood and speed of retrieving the memory—there are MORE potential retrieval cues. So the spacing effect is actually a variant of the context effect."
On the other hand, you usually say "context" in a positive sense, meaning things related rather than items that occur once and per chance next to a given item.