The Power of Spaced Repetition

| February 1, 2013

“Humanity needs practical men/women, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit.” ~ Marie Curie quotes (French Physicist, twice winner of the Nobel Prize, 1867-1934)

A Big Key to Success: Spaced Repetition…

You want to become physically fit… stronger today than yesterday.

You want to achieve greater success… more today than yesterday.

You want to take your career to new heights… higher today than yesterday.

You want to produce better results in every area of your life… greater today than yesterday.

You want to put your life on the PHYSICAL and FISCAL fast-track to out-smart… out-compete… out-perform… out-lead… out-sell… and out-produce your competition every step of the way.

You want to Get Fit Faster… and Get Smarter Now.

To become incrementally HEALTHIER and more PRODUCTIVE.

FACT: The only way you can effectively learn, remember and master the skills to achieve exceptional results, is to engage in daily renewal, retooling and retraining. Which is WHY you are Learning and Burning!

Teaching Through Testing…

We call this “Teaching Through Testing” and is based on the science of Spaced Repetition.

Every element of Learn and Burn has been designed to REMIND you to achieve your personal best each day — by helping you cure the “out-of-sight is out-of-mind” barrier to greater performance, productivity and success — personally and professionally.

The Learn and  Burn System is designed to leverage three important concepts: self-measurement, self-evaluation, and self-improvement.

To help people see how well they measure up to our Gold Standard of personal and professional excellence, we created several unique on-line assessment and evaluation tools, so they can frequently measure their own performance.

By objectively and continuously evaluating your test results in light of your actual performance, you can see your current strengths and weaknesses. This makes it easy to zoom in on specific issues, and quickly address them.

The key to immediately improving your performance is to choose a dominate strength — and make it stronger — or a destructive weakness, and eliminate it entirely!

Be sure to take your Learn and Burn Quick TQ Test to get a baseline of where you’re HOT and where you’re NOT! Click Here…

Learn & Burn cures the 90% Memory Deficit.

Because out-of-sight is out-of-mind, “forgetting to remember” is a huge drain on your performance. Every TQ product — especially Learn & Burn: Success Essentials — is designed to help you effectively learn, remember and master the skills necessary to produce outstanding results.

Our emphasis is on helping you remember to take smarter actions, a great deal more frequently.

Cure the 90% Memory Deficit and your performance will soar. Through spaced repetition, instant testing and access to our full library of Ideas for Action—we never let you FORGET that your performance matters—or how to improve it.

Your Forgetting Curve is a big cause of failure…

Psychologists have been interested in learning and forgetting since the early days of the discipline. The researcher who pioneered the field, Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909), created a way to assess “pure” learning—that is, learning free of meaning—and the rate at which people forget.

The Power of Spaced Repetition

“Only through constant iteration can alien truths
be implanted on reluctant minds.”
~ Herbert Spencer

He found the rate to be highly predictable, and completely dependent upon repetition and reinforcement. Psychologists now call this the “forgetting” curve, and developed “spaced repetition” learning techniques to combat it. To this day, Ebbinghaus’ work has stood the test of time.

The Power of Spaced Repetition
Ebbinghaus discovered that when we acquire a new idea, much of our forgetting occurs right away.

A SIGNIFICANT amount of information is forgotten within twenty minutes of learning it; OVER HALF OF THE MATERIAL LEARNED IS FORGOTTEN WITHIN AN HOUR.

Although we forget almost two thirds of what we learn within a day, retention does not decline much beyond that point.

In other words, if information is retained for a day, the knowledge is there to stay.

Or, as the good Doc would laughingly say in his mother tongue, “Wenn Informationen für einen Tag gehalten wird, ist das Wissen, dort zu bleiben!”

Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve is important for two reasons:

  • The blue curve (top) shows that after JUST ONE REVIEW, you can expect to recall about two thirds of new information for several weeks — even more if it is “meaningful” and related to what you are doing. With multiple reviews, recall is permanent.
  • The red curve shows how much you can expect to FORGET without review. Numerous experiments and studies have shown that, typically, YOU WILL FORGET ABOUT 80% OF NEW MATERIAL IN 2 WEEKS — if you do not review or incorporate those ideas into your daily activities.

lb-front-cover-500The Message is Simple: Reinforce to Remember.

It doesn’t matter if you have a Harvard MBA or a degree from the school of Hard Knocks—continuing education is not optional. It’s a REQUIREMENT for success in this results-driven economy.

Engage in the systematic process of Teaching Through Testing and you will develop the skills to work smarter… compete smarter… and live smarter.

From our TQ Tests… to our Daily Lessons in Excellence… to our Personal Workshops and Audio CD’s… to our dynamic personal lesson plans… we have the tools to help you conquer the Forgetting Curve, and transform your performance.

Our objective is to make you smarter TODAY than you were YESTERDAY… but not as smart as you’ll be TOMORROW!

As we say…

Learn baby learn!

Burn baby burn!


PS Remember, you cannot FIX it if you cannot SEE it. If you want greater ACHIEVEMENT, put yourself to the TEST. Take your Quick Learn and Burn TQ Test Now…

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About the Author ()

E. R. Haas is CEO of the TQ Smart family of web sites including,,,, and hundreds of others.E. R. is a "serial entrepreneur" and has created over 20 different businesses in software, manufacturing, finance, publishing and many other areas.He is married to Jan Haas who shares his interest in model railroading, gardening, and traveling by train. Together, they have 5 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

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