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How NeuraCache works - theory

Make sure you understand the motivation behind NeuraCache first.
You can read it here: Why NeuraCache?

In my early 20s, I wrongly assumed that it is impossible to store large amounts of information in my brain. As I was getting older and meeting people with large long-term memory graphs in their heads, I've realized that:

1) I did not understand the underlying mechanisms of how our brain works.

2) I did not have a standardized flow of capturing new insights and working on their retention.

NeuraCache was born. This tool builds on top of two battle-tested and science-backed techniques to address the second point.

#1 Technique
Spaced Repetition

This concept dates back to 1885 when psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus published a study about the decline of being able to remember chosen information over time when there are no additional reviews.

The solution to this problem - Spaced Repetition - consists of three principles:

1) Our brain needs time to form the synaptic structure surrounding new information before it is locked in long-term memory. (reviewing once every few days is much better than studying 20 times the same day).

2) Up to 90% of the information is lost within the first 24 hours. (review within the first 24 hours is essential)

3) There is still a possibility of forgetting, just at a slower rate, if you fail to recall the material repeatedly. (review material every once in a while, e.g., in a couple of weeks/months once it sticks initially)

This is Spaced Repetition in a nutshell. Once applied, your brain will start consolidating insights into the bigger picture. The growing size of your knowledge graph increases the stickiness of your memory even further.

NeuraCache makes it trivially easy to apply Spaced Repetition to any note-taking flow you might already have.

#2 Technique
Active Recall (aka flashcards)

Active Recall is a straightforward but powerful concept. And let's keep it that way.

When reviewing, don't reread it (as is done typically with notes and highlights). Instead - try to recall it from your memory by answering a question about the content.

Active Recall technique forces neurons to build and strengthen the connections, locking in the information in your long-term memory. The effectiveness of this simple approach is astonishing - especially when bound with Spaced Repetition.

NeuraCache makes it again trivially easy to set/customize Recall questions for your notes.

There is more to NeuraCache than these two techniques, but these are the core principles that will give you 80% of the results.

Founder of NeuraCache

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