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I have noticed that many tutors here can easily answer calculus 1 questions as they can calculus 3, precalculus as well as college algebra, algebra 1 as well as algebra 2, geometry as well as trigonometry, etc. How does one retain all this information fresh in the mind? For example, when I complete chapter 1 in any math book, and feel comfortable with the material just learned, by the time I am half way through chapter 2, I have already forgotten most of chapter 1. If I am in chapter 5, I have forgotten chapters 1 through 4.

1. Can this be a retention problem?

2. How do you, personally, retain so many math topics and courses learned long ago?

3. Answering math questions on a daily basis is not the solution. I answer precalculus questions almost everyday. What can I do to increase my math skills to such degree that it makes no difference if the questions in front of me are precalculus, geometry, trigonometry, whatever?