Spaced repetition memory systems are extremely efficient

Using a Spaced repetition memory system, you can memorize the answers thousands of questions in just a few minutes a day. This is the unintuitive consequence of an exponential at work in the Spacing effect: Spaced repetition yields (what feel like) exponential returns for small increases in effort.

Each time you remember an answer correctly, that question’s test interval increases geometrically, forming an exponential curve: 5 days, 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, etc. If you add questions at a constant rate, and each question’s probability of occurring on a given day diminishes exponential with time, then you’ll have a roughly constant number of questions to review on a given day.


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