As many CCIE candidates know, the blueprint is massive and gaining knowledge in all areas and then remembering it is difficult. Sometimes when you learn something new an old subject is no longer kept in memory. The problem is that there is so much to read and know that when you have gone the full circle it might have been months since you last read something in one area. One way of trying to solved this is Spaced Repetition System (SRS). A description of SRS from Wikipedia:
“Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material; this exploits the psychological spacing effect. Alternative names include spaced rehearsal, expanding rehearsal, graduated intervals, repetition spacing, repetition scheduling, spaced retrieval and expanded retrieval ”
The key thing is that learning is based on repetition. Many of us might have used flash cards and in some ways this is similar. I am going to try to use Anki to see if SRS is something for me. I am putting all of the questions and answers from the CCIE cert guide into it to practice the questions. Hopefully this will help me keep more things in memory as I do the final studying for the written.