So lately I've been thinking about how big chunks of knowledge can be bundled and encapsulated, as an alternative to constantly going over the information, keeping it active. etc. At a certain point, it simply becomes too cumbersome, if even at varying points depending on the person.
So my approach is this: to build up complex diagrams as encapsulations of knowledge, knowledge capsules, to be set aside and revisited on a less frequent basis. It seems obvious that reviewing a loaded diagram about computer science will jolt that knowledge awake faster than manually and disparately going through all of the information in that diagram.
Similar to how, more generally, learning something for the first time takes longer, and if you stop practicing the intuition decays a bit, but that intuition
can be rebuilt faster than it was built.
This is the crux of this new approach I have in mind: that I can accrue knowledge on given topic to build up a familiarity with it, encapsulate that knowledge in a diagram, then set it aside and let it decay, having confidence that when I revisit that diagram I will regain that familiarity faster than I initially gained it.
Here is one I made for the international system of units, stemming from the base units into the derivative units.
The inner 7 are the base units, and the outer ones in black are the derivative ones. The radial series of circles with numbers are the exponents of the base unit of that color.
So a Newton is a unit of force N = (kg)(m)/(s^2)
That is kg^1, m^1, and s^-2, seeing as s^2 is in the denominator.
So something like this can be done for any given topic. The work/time spent creating the diagram would seem to cement the subject matter into my mind, in a way that can be buried and reawakened.
The task, similar to what the US seems to be striving to do with our economy, is to sustain indefinite growth, and I think these encapsulations will prove valuable in this effort.