What sources provide details of in what frequency one should review one's material?

For me, two come to mind.

The Gemara (where?) that a student would review all his learning every 30 days, which Tosfos explains as reviewing the "Chapter Titles".

The 2nd is the Be'er Hagolah:

באר הגולה, יו"ד א' א', באר הגולה [ח]: "...אמר מהר"ש שקבלה בידו מאחיו הר"ר יונה ז"ל שיש לכל שוחט ושוחט כשמתחיל לשחוט לחזור הלכות שחיטות ובדיקות בכל יום פעם אחת, וכן יעשה שלשים יום, ואח"כ בכל חודש פעם אחת, וכן יעשה שנה תמימה, ואח"כ פעם אח' לכל תקופה, וכן יעשה כל ימי חייו, ואם לא עשה כן שחיטתו פסולה עכ"ל..."

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    Somewhere in the introduction to the Shulchan Aruch it says that it is meant to be reviewed every 30 days. Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 19:44
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    Possibly related answer (depending on what you're looking for): judaism.stackexchange.com/a/10870
    – Fred
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 20:30
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    Rav Kook wrote in a letter to his brother that reviewing a chapter of G'mara any fewer than 10 times is as good as not having learned it. This letter is somewhere in Igros Har'iya.
    – WAF
    Commented Apr 20, 2014 at 20:02

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the Steipler zt'l gave a method for learning/reviewing mishnayot here. can be applied to other material.

I think it's based on Eruvin 54b see here where it says: "the ideal seder of learning"

hence the frequency is four times,etc. then move on until whenever. I once read in a book on Rav Ovadiah Yosef zt'l who was reputed to have a photographic memory, that when he was asked how he merited such memory, he replied something like: "if you learn it very very clearly, then you cannot forget".

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