Learning and memory go hand in hand because your brain processes the new things you’re learning together with the old information you already have. You also have two different areas of memory: short-term and long-term memory.
Short-term memory handles the new information received by the brain. It can only hold on to things for approximately 10-25 seconds. It also has limited capacity: it’s only possible to keep 4-7 things in mind at the same time.
In contrast, long-term memory is like a nearly limitless storage that can accommodate vast amounts of knowledge and experiences. It’s possible to remember something that’s in your long-term memory for the rest of your life!
What this means is that if you want to learn a new language permanently, study items have to be moved from short-term memory to long-term memory. That’s why the WordDive method is based on learning things permanently. When vocabulary, pronunciation and spelling are stored in the long-term memory, there is less pressure on the short-term memory, and you can use what you already know in all kinds of situations.
It’s also more efficient to learn things permanently than to revise the same things again and again over the years – it brings better results and saves time.
Repetition is the key to moving something from short-term to long-term memory. When you study with WordDive, permanent learning happens when you repeat the study items a little bit even after you have already learned them. This leaves a trace that will stay in your memory for years to come.
Your memory can’t be worn out by use – on the contrary, it needs continuous use and exercise. When you improve your memory, you also improve the processing power of your brain. One of the best ways to exercise your memory is learning a language.
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