Have you ever had trouble remembering something you thought you had nailed down and locked away safely in your memory for recall at any time? Perhaps a new word, or a concept that you came across that you found interesting and wished you could remember forever? Perhaps you’re in the process of learning a new language? Or maybe, like a lot of us, you struggle pinning a name to a person’s face? Some lose the enthusiasm to learn because they get disheartened by what they perceive as a lack of brain power for remembering things.
Very few of us are born with an eidetic (photographic) memory. But a normal, healthy brain has power that leaves today’s best computers in the dust. A casual search for “brain vs computer power” turns up incredible comparisons like this and this. Believe it: that 1.4 kg grey matter in your cranium can hold its own any day. You just need to understand a little secret about how it works.
Everyone knows what this secret is. We formed our first words as babes, learned to walk or play a musical instrument, developed skills in a sport using it. We all know it. It’s innate in us. It’s called “repetition.” Athletes and musicians practice for hours and hours to be good at what they do. Learning something new is seldom instantaneous; it takes hours, even years. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell posits 10,000 hours as the amount of time necessary for mastery of a discipline. There’s one underlying thread to all this, and it’s that repetition plays a fundamental role in acquiring knowledge and skill.
But repetition alone is not sufficient. One can get easily overwhelmed by the amount of things to remember. Repetition has to be done in a way that causes mastered items to repeat less often than difficult ones – a technique known as spaced repetition.
IQuinas is like a smart and benevolent drill master that never gets tired. You give it what you (or your kids, friends, and family) want to remember. It then schedules daily drills based on the spaced repetition technique, using a computer algorithm known as SuperMemo. IQuinas was designed from the start to model a classroom, thus its support for multiple users on the same iPad. iPads aren’t cheap, and a lot of families own only one, to be shared by all family members. IQuinas was designed with this in mind.