How to Learn a New Language
When you save a file to a computer, you enter a file name and location, and click the save button. As you have realized by now, it doesn't work like that with our brains.
When we consume a bit of information for the first time, our brain immediately starts forgetting it. Your brain can forget a new word within a few days. To avoid forgetting that new word, you have to repeat it after a day or two.
Every time you repeat the new information, it takes longer for your brain to forget it. That's good news because that way you don't have to repeat your complete word list every two days.
How to Avoid Forgetting New Words
How do you keep track of when to repeat a word again? The good news is that you don't have to. You let Learn Practice keep track of it.
We keep track of when you took a question and how you answered it. If you took a question multiple times and answered it with variable accuracy, we keep track of that too.
Based on that information, we compose a quiz so that you get the perfect balance of new questions and the questions you have to repeat to avoid forgetting their answers.
Learn Practice is engineered to learn your current state of Dutch knowledge and to serve you with the questions to improve it. However, there are two things you need to do to make it work.
- Sign in whenever you solve questions on Learn Practice.
- Come back regularly to solve questions.
If you don't do those two things, you aren't taking full advantage of Learn Practice, which is a pity because it's a free service available to you 24/7.
How to Take Full Advantage of Learn Practice
I recommend solving quizzes on Learn Practice for at least 15 minutes a day. If you do that, you'll be able to complete all the questions in our database within six months. And you can use that knowledge in your daily life.
If you still can't get yourself to solve questions on Learn Practice regularly, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to answer these two questions.
- What keeps you from solving quizzes regularly on Learn Practice?
- How can we make you solve quizzes regularly on Learn Practice?
Your answers will come directly to my inbox. Also, don't forget that you can ask me any question related to learning Dutch, even if it doesn't have anything to do with Learn Practice.
Founder of Learn Practice
Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.