Ensure Comprehension

Understanding something is a prerequisite for remembering it. When you grasp a difficult concept or the internal logic of a complex mathematical system, you are at a tremendous advantage in remembering all of the associated minutiae that go along with it. Comprehension allows you to appreciate similarities between new material and old material; relating something new to something familiar enhances memory. Asking questions during a lecture is one way to check comprehension. Repeating newly learned mate rial to another person induces you to organize it in your own thinking; teaching someone else a new concept forces you to become entirely comfortable and fluent with it yourself.

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