Repetition is the mother of all learning

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Repetition is the mother of all learning

This saying is really old…old enough to be one of those Latin phrases that’s engraved into stone somewhere in the sprawl of the former empire: Repetitio mater studiorum est. Repetition is the mother of all learning.

We love this phrase at Brainscape, because maximizing repetitions is one of the cornerstones of the science behind our app. What’s really cool is that scientists are still finding compelling research that back up this folk truth with hard data.

Often times, old(er) people will say, “I’m too old to learn a new language. Isn’t my brain closed off to learning new things anyways?” These people are wrong; you can learn a new language at any age. New research conducted at Cambridge University has demonstrated that all you need to do is see a word 160 times in 14 minutes to truly know it. What’s more, is that the scientists compared the memory traces of familiar words to the memory traces of the new word, and they were nearly identical! Learning is simple when you repeat.

So don’t tell yourself that you can’t learn a new language, and don’t blame it on your old brain. You can, and science keeps finding evidence saying that your brain can too. Just remember that repetition is crucial for learning new languages (as well as anything else), and systems like Confidence Based Repetition (the theory underlying Brainscape’s adaptive digital flashcards) make learning new languages easier and faster than ever before.

Brainscape is a web & mobile education platform that helps you learn anything faster, using cognitive science. Join the millions of students, teachers, language learners, test-takers, and corporate trainees who are doubling their learning results. Visit or find us on the App Store .


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Repeating the things that you do can make you a master of it. I agree that it's the mother of all learning that it was being used before. Thus, repeating the things that you do by adding something new to it perhaps, may also be a great thing to learn better.

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satyasri 3 years ago

repition is the mother of all learning..i agree with that..suceess key is also repition and perseverance...
if repition is everything,why we want new environment,new people,new things to learn??
old things in repition are not enough?

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