Hi: Another point in this conversation is HOW long do your remember it? This is
not my area but let me reason it out and then someone can explain it in more
technical terms. I think of learning as ease of retrieval. The more 'learned"
you are in a topic the more easily you can retrieve information. For example, I
took A&P in college and got an A, many years later I was called upon to teach
the subject. Wow, I found out I had to relearn it to teach it but the relearning
came fairly easy unless I hadn't fully understood it to begin with (Kreb's
cycle;). Now I have not taught A& P for 4 years. If someone asked me a question,
I would have to think about it, yet it is in my brain somewhere, right? I might
not be able to even answer their question. However, if I had to teach the class,
I would review and all the information would be back for easy retrieval. It's
the old "if you don't use it you lose it". Like I said; this isn't my area but I
feel that a lot of what we call learning or remembering is retrieval. Am I on
the right tract? Barb

Jenny Ruchhoeft wrote:

> 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
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 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

Barbara M. Stout
Supplemental Instructional Specialist
The Learning Center
The University of Pittsburgh
311 Wm. Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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