The Rule of Seven was described by the cognitive psychologist George A. Miller. Miller argued that …
- The number of objects an average human can hold in working memory is 7 ± 2. This is also referred to as Miller’s Law.
- The capacity of human short term memory is genetically determined and cannot be increased by any type of training.
Therefore, in order to anchor vocabulary efficiently in your long-term memory, you should limit yourself to learning 7 (seven) words or phrases a day.
For more, see— http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_seven
how is „Rule of Seven“ related to Englisch learning. Is my understanding correct, that I shouldn’t learn more than 7 vocabulary/per day to ensure that the learned vocabulary are transported to long time memory.
“Rule of Seven” suggests that you should concentrate on learning no more than seven words/ phrases at a time.
Since most people work during the day and are pressed for time, it would be practical to set a goal of seven per day. This is very doable – and in three months, for example, you have have 630 new words!
There are techniques for efficient learning using „flash cards“. One way is to do the seven-a-day six days a week, review all of them on the seventh day, and re-study the ones you did not recall the day after in order to secure them in your memory…
I hope this is useful.
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