Spaced repetition is the strategy of spacing out your studying through the introduction of time intervals. By doing this you can remember more even if your cumulative hours spent on studying is reduced. This is in order to combat the forgetting curve, and is the most powerful tool for us to improve our brain’s ability to recall information. The general rule of thumb is to review within 8 hours after the initial exposure to material, a day after the first review section and then a week or a month until you feel comfortable with the subject. For this template, the first rep is after one day, the second rep is after 7 days, the third after 20 days and the fourth after 35 days.
The template is easy to use and not extremely complicated. The most important part is that you evaluate your level of comfort with the content after each rep. You do not have do always do 4 reps! 1 indicates that you are still uncomfortable with the topic while 5 indicates complete mastery, if you get to 5 you are done. After you check a to-do the formula will automatically update your next review date according to the time-table above. Be sure to indicate in your notes which are you need to improve the most etc. If you want to edit how often each rep occurs, click on the “Next Rep” tab, hit “Edit Formula” then proceed to change the numerical values.