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Repetition and Practice

Practice may not always make perfect, but it will almost always make better. Your brain must decide what to remember and what to forget. There are just too many stimuli in an average day to remember everything. One factor that influences what you remember is how many times and for how long you pay attention to something.

A joke that you hear only once and don’t think about again is quickly forgotten; a joke that you repeat in your mind and then tell several times is remembered. A name that you hear once or twice is often forgotten; a name that you use several times in conversation and write down is remembered. A word that you look up today, you may have to look up again a month from now, but a word that you look up and then use is quickly committed to memory. There is no substitute for practice.


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