The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve – And How To Overcome It

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
– Confucius

If I gave you a list of nonsense 3 letter words right now, how long do you think you would remember them?

How long could you remember at least half of them?

In 1885, Hermann Ebbinghaus did this exact experiment Рand his results are widely accepted as a general theory for how we learn and retain information.  Graphing his results, he developed a formula for how long items remain in our memory. Some people may remember better than others, but the general trend for how long we retain information is the same.

The resulting graph is called Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve. The bads news is, it’s steeper than you may think. ¬†The good news is, there are strategies you can use to improve your memory retention.