Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Sender Dolgin Chazara Method

There is a Chazara system that has been written up about in the Jewish Observer, and has received other publicity, which is the brainchild of R' Sender Dolgin of Lakewood, NJ.

The system is based on an idea that a review of particular material is done before the material is forgotten. So, it works like this, for example:

Day 1: Shabbos Daf 2
Day 2: Shabbos Daf 3, review of Day 1
Day 3: Shabbos Daf 4, review of Day 2
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Day 9 Shabbos Daf 10, review of Day 8, review of Day 1 (last seen a week ago)
Day 10 Shabbos Daf 11, review of Day 9, review of Day 2
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Day 39 Shabbos Daf 40, review of Day 38, review of Day 31, review of Day 1 (a month ago)
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Day 129 Shabbos Daf 130, review of Day 128, Day 121, Day 91, Day 1 (three months ago)
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Day 365 New Daf x, review of Day 364, 357, 327, 237, 1 (one year ago)

After this, the review cycle is every year. (Every Day 365 will include all the previous ones). Eventually, one will complete Shas every year by this system, learning 8 Daf a day.

It is supposed to take about 3-4 hours a day to do.

What I want to know is - has anyone, possessing average (or less, like myself) long-term memory, tried this system for a period of 6 months or more, and have they seen good results?

Or is there any other system that has worked for them?

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