Speed up studying with recursive learning
Did you know that when you study something, your brain can only hold that information for about 10 to 20 minutes? What’s worse is that it really can’t hold more than 5 to 9 pieces of information at a time, so if you try to “cram” for a test, such as your driving written test, by quickly reading the manual or taking a poorly designed practice test, odds are you won’t remember most of what you just learned.
That’s why so many people fail their written test – because the DMV manuals are huge (usually 100+ pages) and other online practice tests stick facts in “short term” or “working memory” so you forget it by the time you have to take the test.
How to truly “learn” what you need to know quickly.
Research has shown that the key to moving information from short term to working or even long-term memory such as facts you need to know for a driving test, requires a specific type of repetition. Since the brain can’t hold more than a certain number of new facts at a time, the key is to use a method that lets you quickly move past details you already know and then “push” new facts through the memory cycle so you learn them quickly and easily.
At DMVCheatSheets, we’ve developed a system called “recursive learning” that makes it fast and painless to learn what you need to know to get your license quickly.
How does recursive learning work?
It’s pretty simple. Picture a deck of flashcards, each with a question you need to know to pass your test on it. As you go through each card, you quickly create two piles – one with the questions you know and another with the questions you missed or didn’t know, making sure to glance at the answer.
Don’t waste too much time on any one question as you’re testing your immediate recall. Once you go through the entire deck, pick up the pile of the ones you didn’t know and repeat the same process you did before, creating two piles of cards – those you know and those you don’t. You keep doing this (picking up those you don’t know, going through them, making two piles) until the pile of questions you don’t know is gone.
Guess what – you’ve just learned everything you need to know and pushed it through the memory cycle!
What? How did that work so fast?
Recursive learning is teaching, testing and repeating at the same time. When you get a question you don’t know, you learn the answer and put it aside. When you get to that question again later, you’re reviewing something you didn’t know, pushing it into long term memory. If you still don’t know it, you’re going to repeat it again in a few minutes and keep going until it’s locked in your brain. Repetition of new facts is the key to learning!
How can I use this to quickly pass my driving test?
DMVCheatSheet’s is the only professional practice test solution designed around recursive learning. As you take our premium practice tests, we will automatically create a pile of missed or unknown questions. When you are done with a test, you can click on the ones you didn’t know to review only those – and we will create a new pile of the new ones you missed. We keep creating these piles for you until you’ve learned everything you need to know to pass the test.
Use a study guide to review right before the actual test.
As you’ve just learned, the key to rapid learning is repetition, which is why we also offer study guides along with your practice tests with the top questions and answers you need to know when taking your test. When using these “cheat sheets” as a review before your test, we guarantee (literally) that you will pass and be on the road before you know it!
- I Just Moved to Missouri. How Do I Transfer My Driver's License and Vehicle Registration?
- I Just Moved to Wisconsin. How Do I Get My Driver's License and Vehicle Registration?
- I Just Moved to Arizona. How Do I Transfer My Driver's License and Vehicle Registration?
- I Just Moved to Maryland. How Do I Get My Driver's License and Vehicle Registration?
- I Just Moved to Colorado. How Do I Transfer My Driver's License and Vehicle Registration
- All Articles