Knowledge Retention

bharvey92bharvey92 Member Posts: 419
Hi all,

I currently hold several certs and at the moment generally solidifying my knowledge. Wondering if anyone on the forums have a good method they have used for memory retention and their CCIE studies. I have been reading up on things like flash cards and spaced repetition - but just wondered what the best method is people have used for studies and progressive study to retain knowledge.

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  • gorebrushgorebrush Member Posts: 2,743 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Repetition, repetition, repetition...
  • delanajerodelanajero Member Posts: 38 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I can totally relate, I am trying everything to retain everything from watching videos, flash cards, labs, even at work if I know the issue is routing and switching I'd be the first person to raise my hand and tshoot it, thinking what if the scenario shows up in the lab exam :)
  • bharvey92bharvey92 Member Posts: 419
    Think I am going to give the flashcards more of a go.. in between moving jobs at the moment so trying to do a refresher of CCNP knowledge by reading the TCP/IP Volume 1 and 2 books. I've made some short notes to turn into flash cards, but just haven't got around to making the cards yet!
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  • mbarrettmbarrett Member Posts: 397 ■■■□□□□□□□
    gorebrush wrote: »
    Repetition, repetition, repetition...

    The only way someone gets to play Carnegie Hall - practice.
  • DPGDPG Member Posts: 780 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Flash cards are great for memorizing trivial things like port numbers and definitions. They may not help you understand the how? and why? of a particular technology.
  • Danielh22185Danielh22185 Member Posts: 1,195 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I'll echo the repetition method but with an emphasis of 'doing'. Meaning putting in the work to lab / create a scenario to learn from and do it over and over. Involving your brain in as many triggering elements is key. 'Doing' by putting your hands, your eyes, and your brain together all at once.
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  • AwesomeGarrettAwesomeGarrett Member Posts: 257
    It's not just good enough to practice and repeat. Perfect practice takes the gold.
  • dontstopdontstop Member Posts: 579 ■■■■□□□□□□
    What constitutes perfect practice?
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Mod Posts: 2,780 Mod
    I read aloud to myself and write notes to myself. Also practice labs (if applicable).
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  • EANxEANx Member Posts: 1,077 ■■■■■■■■□□
    dontstop wrote: »
    What constitutes perfect practice?

    Practice the same way you want to deliver when the time comes. We all get sloppy when rushed. When you practice sloppy, it just gets worse when you need to perform.
  • OfWolfAndManOfWolfAndMan Member Posts: 923 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Active review is a great thing...
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  • DigitalWhispersDigitalWhispers Registered Users Posts: 3 ■■□□□□□□□□
    There are plenty of studies done on the importance of note taking and how it relates to remembering what you are reading. Also, teaching others something that you have learned is a solid way to embed any information in your brain. Maybe something like creating a YouTube video or starting a blog where you explain topics in detail could help facilitate remembering topics.
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