skill learning with supermemo
There is a very popular myth about the amount of information that stays in your head once you hear, read, or do something. Although I haven’t been able to find an specific source of how this affirmation of 5% when hearing trough 90% while doing rule was formulated and why this is not valid, I’m firmly convinced it is. You can test it yourself. Many things you don’t even intend to remember get so deeply ingrained in your noddles that they come to mind effortless at any time in other cases doing something you want to learn doesn’t get that same amount of staying power. Its almost like it went into one ear and out of… perhaps saying into my hands and out of my body is more appropriately.
An important distinction between knowing how (semantic knowledge) and been able to actually do it (procedural knowledge) is necessary. Many skills you need to learn can’t be practice with Supermemo, but I guess is was never the objective as it deals mostly with semantic knowledge, the kind in which you know a fact (e.g. In what continent is located France?).
I’ve tried in the past to use SuperMemo to remember some skills (e.g. what are the steps required to do a venous blood extraction?).
I would normally enumerated the steps in the answer; so, before disclosing it I’ll imagine my self doing the actual procedure, this makes most sense for me. I understand that after this initial learning and with a lot more practice you’ll get to the point where you progress from a semantic knowing to a more automated procedural knowledge (skill expertise), but a least in the first initial steps this way of learning has helped very much in the past.
Currently I’m not learning much skills, an overview of ways to improve skill learning with supermemo is on the ToDo list hence I’m all open ears to new ideas.