7 Memory Skills That Will Make You Way Smarter

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of “Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning.”

“We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives,” they write. “Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues … If you’re good at learning, you have an advantage in life.”

Unfortunately, lots of the techniques for learning that we pick up in school don’t help with long-term recall — like cramming or highlighting.

To get over these bad habits, we scoured “Make It Stick” for learning tips.

But be warned: If it’s difficult, it’s good thing.

“Learning is deeper and more durable when it’s effortful,” the authors write. “Learning that’s easy is like writing in sand, here today and gone tomorrow.”

Here are the takeaways:

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