Recalling memorized material
by Craig Munns
Can you explain the following phenomena, and how I might take advantage of it?
I have discovered that when I am learning a new physical skill, or memorizing written material, that my recall initially improves slightly, then, even as I continue to rehearse, gets worse.
I haven't figured out how long this continues, but it seems to last at least a day. After that, even if I haven't been rehearsing, my recall improves to near perfect.
I have noticed this phenomena specifically when learning a new kata while I was practicing kempo, and at another time when I was memorizing lines for a play.
Initially, there would be some small improvement in my recall. Then after a few rehearsals, it would get noticeably worse. After struggling with this problem for some time, and then taking a break of even a few days, on my next attempt my recall would be instantly near total.
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