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This topic reminds me that I need to beef up my research stats on topics
that I present in workshops and in individual academic counseling with
students.  (It seems to me that after some time, all of the material becomes
common knowledge and I need to have the stats to back up what I say).  For
instance, I read "somewhere" that without effort to remember information, we
lose about 50% of the content that we perceive almost immediately.  Within
another 24 hours, we can lose another 20-30%.  I encourage students to
review their notes within 24 hours of writing them to avoid losing 70-80% of
the material.  I want to find the stats to back up what I say...this is my
professional responsibility.

So, why tell all of you?  Here's why...I plan to post any statistics that I
find both meaningful and pertinent to the list serve.  Each of us may have
our individual reasons for subscribing to this list.  My reason is to learn
new and hopefully interesting ideas from my colleagues and to share any
information that I have and think might benefit others.

I'll step down from my podium now.  ;)

Jenny Ruchhoeft, M.Ed.
Academic Counselor
University of Houston
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-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Gary K. Probst
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2000 11:11 AM
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Subject: Re: 48 hours? - Urban Legend


Gary Probst wrote:

This must be an urban legend!  Some things go into the long term memory
after one
reading and other things never go into the long term memory after many
reading.

Lou Ann Sears wrote:

> Has anyone on the list heard or read anything about this:
>
>         If a person reads something three times over a period of 48 hours,
it
> becomes part of the permanent memory?
>         (A student mentioned this to another faculty member, and the
latter would
> like some proof.)
>
>         If you have read this, can anyone cite a source?
>
>         Lou Ann Sears
>         UPG