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How to remember what you've learnt

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:410
  1. Kieran Walsh (, editorial registrar
  1. BMJ Learning

    First the bad news. Within 20 minutes you will probably have forgotten more than 40% of what you are now reading; within a month you will have forgotten more than 75% of it.1 This is the case if you are learning the material; your recall will probably be much worse if you are simply reading it. Over 100 years ago Ebbinghaus, using himself as the …

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