Using Leeches Collection to enhance learning.
Previous post on leeches made me search to a bunch of information about memorization, specifically about to the possibility to predict if one could remember or not something in the future. This is necessary in order to adopt a new way of dealing with “would become leeches” items. Nattan (aka Little Fish) has a great point on this, and I’m starting to think about implementing this procedure. At first I found counter intuitive to use a second collection, mainly because of fear of living it behind when doing my repetitions on my principal collection, but efficiency regarding the use of the algorithm in SuperMemo made me reconsider this once more, so I needed proof that one can indeed know in advance if something will stick or not into my memory. Happily, SuperMemo came to my rescue (Incremental Reading in fact).
Q: People’s ability to predict what […] to remember is much more reliable
#Title: Strategies for Voluntary
Memorization : Motivation and Strategies
#Author: William Hirst
1941: Strategies for Voluntary
Memorization : Applying These Principles : Motivation and
A: is easy or hard
Although not a great format for this question, here is the reason to give a try to having a separate collection for those “would become leeches” items.
The rest of the text on this book about memory, says that no matter how easy o hard you find something will be to remember, and no matter what effort you put into remembering that item, initial prediction comes true. So putting “only” those items in a separate collection until they are no longer leeches, makes a lot sense to make. As all this leeches influence the first interval, and because I think you can establish specific time for this hard items, in order to apply memorization techniques, or because you need a quiet place to learn them once and for all, and hence kill those zombies.
I’m starting a collection for leeches next week. At present there are still many items due on my collection. Be sure to follow on any piece of info related helping all learning to learn on SRSs