One of the worst things you can do as a learner is focus too much on learning. Weird, isn’t it? You want to learn, so you get good at learning. But then you don’t really do anything with what you learn.
I still slip into this problem, and I need to remind myself: learning isn’t the thing. Amy Poehler put it this way,
“You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.”
Ludacris flowed and rapped it like so,
You might also know this as “actions speak louder than words”. And that’s the key here, active over passive.
I know many great students who thrive in the short-term but fail in the long-term. They review diligently, but that’s not enough. You need to embed. You need to reinforce.
That doesn’t mean you have to work harder either. One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is share what you’ve learned. And when I say “share”, I don’t mean a re-tweet, re-post, or re-blog. Say it. Actually tell someone.
Think about all the stories your parents used to tell you. Do you think it was easy for them to recite just because they knew it? Nope! The more they told you, the easier it was to say again.
If you let other people know, you let yourself remember.