“When we access things from our memory, we do more than reveal it’s there. It’s not like a playback. What we retrieve becomes more retrievable in the future. Provided the retrieval succeeds, the more difficult and involved the retrieval, the more beneficial it is.”
Contrary to popular belief, focusing on one topic and maintaining a consistent learning environment are not the best ways to learn something new.
Wired suggests the opposite is true and that the best way to learn something new is to embrace a strategy called interleaving, in which you mix up related topics in one learning session.
It’s also beneficial to switch up the locations where you learn and to vary the amount of time you spend between sessions.