The speed of forgetting depends on a number of factors such as the difficulty of the learned material (e.g. how meaningful it is), its representation and physiological factors such as stress and sleep. Furthermore higher original learning also reduces forgetting. The rate differs little between individuals.
Our brain forgets quickly newly learned information. Spaced repetitions are the most effective approach to internalize.
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