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The Pareto Principle

    Can you remember what you had for lunch last week Tuesday? Probably not. Our brains are masters at forgetting information that we don’t repeat regularly. But what can we do about it? I, like many others, had to painstakingly learn the art of learning as I went through college. Here are some of my tips for successful learning.
    When it comes to efficiency, the Pareto principle is often cited. It states that 80 percent of the result can be achieved in 20 percent of the time. But the remaining 20 percent takes 80 percent of the time. It can be used well, if it becomes sometimes scarce with the exam preparation. But using it as a general principle for learning is problematic. With 20 percent of the use, there is not enough background knowledge to understand a subject.