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How do you retain your knowlede after completing a course?


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Let’s face it. After completing a course, I am sometimes very surprised to know how quickly I forget what learned in class. Of course, this does not apply just to MOOCs, but also to other forms of education. I hope I am not the only one having this problem. 😉 So, my question to you is: what do you do to retain your knowledge?

For classes that are essential to me, I create flash cards and occasionally review them. But I am afraid, this is VERY time consuming. Also, whenever I review the cards, I am frustrated in how much I forget. But, put it positively, this is probably an important step for my learning process.

For other classes, I upload the sillabus with some notes on an app, so that I can search and review the course material when necessary.

I am unsure of what works and what doesn’t, so I would love to hear your opinion and experiences!

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@Pat B, you have taken an incredible 100+ online courses – do you have any insights to share?
@Kohei , I think this fairly normal, unless you are one of these fortunate people who remember everything. You remember information if you use it frequently. Much of what we learn and study is forgotten, but we often remember that we learned it at one time and know how to access it again if needed.
I keep lots of small notebooks around where I jot down notes. It’s fun to return to them to read through what I learned.
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@Judith , thank you very much for sharing your experience.

Yes, I also enjoy rereading my notes. I put them on hard copies of the presentation material. I also revisit some of the lectures and deepen my understanding. Sometimes, I even discover that I was missing the main point!

Also, I found out that reviewing the questions I raised and the discussion I participated on forums really help me to recall what I studied. So, this leads to a rather obvious conclusion: active participation while taking the course can enrich your long term learning.
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@Laura Yes, I do have some thoughts but time is really short this week. I hope to post something in a couple of days or a week. Sorry to be so slow replying!
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No worries @Pat B . It would be great, if you could kindly share your thoughts when it is convenient for you. 🙂 @Laura , thank you for the introduction.

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