Monthly Archives: September 2013

Comments on the “Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve”

By Jim Onyschuk

Someone once said that if you want to forget something, put it in a list. While a language word list is an initial language tool, applying this tool in other ways can aid memorization enormously. The trick is to convert this list into word or cue cards.

Research indicates that between 30 and 100 words can be learnt in one self-study hour using word cards. However, remembering those words the next day, week or year is a different story.

In 1885, Hermann Ebbinghaus gave a list of nonsense 3 letter words to various people to see how long they would remember them? Graphing his results, he Continue reading

Canada 1921 Census Finally On-Line–Sort Of?

Canada – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has finally announced the release of the Canada 1921 census. It turns out, however, by their own admission that LAC lacks the capability and resources to host the census images on their own website. Instead, LAC signed a contract with Ancestry that allows Ancestry.ca exclusive right to host the images. The images will be available for free, but only to Canadian residents and only on the Ancestry.ca website.

Ancestry is currently indexing the images and a name index is expected to be available within 2 to 3 months. Anyone wanting to search the Canada 1921 census by name will require an Ancestry subscription. Continue reading