Thursday, January 8, 2015



1. Practice, practice and practice well:::
Once you have basic understanding of a topic in place, you will need to rehearse the information to “make it stick”. The

old adage “practice makes perfect” still applies when you are trying to remember new things. If you want to make information come to mind automatically, you need to rehearse it regularly. Then you will be able to produce it
quickly when you need to, whether that be for school, for your career or even for social reasons.

2. Engage meaningfully with important content matter:::
In 1972, Psychologists Craik and Lockhart found that the more attention we pay to the meaning of what we see and hear, the better we will remember it. In other words, memory is a function of how effortful and meaningful initial encoding was. So if you process novel information at a deeper level, you will be better able to later recall that information. Understanding aids memory and it will be harder to remember things if you are merely rote learning without fully comprehending the material.

3. Use visual imagery:::
There are many different ways that you can use visual imagery as a memory aid. We’ve all heard of using mind maps where we imagine a map of the information or a tree with the branches that stem out each holding an important and relevant fact. People might also find it useful to imagine a cloakroom with all of the pegs holding a piece of information. So whichever method you prefer, the key point is that you visualize the information as you study it so that you can later recall it with greater ease.

4. Use acronyms:::
Back when we were all youngsters, a teacher or parent likely taught us to use acronyms and my guess is that most of us still remember “MR NIGER D" (Characteristics of living things; Movement, Respiration, etc). See?? It still works!

5. Pay attention to beginnings and endings:::
Research indicates that we remember more at the beginning and end of learning periods. I remember ending most of my presentations with this, "Never wait for someone to do for you what you can do for yourself." This does not mean we zoom out in the middle of a lecture or seminar, but be aware of your own optimal memory times. Listen up for the introductions and conclusions and don’t be afraid to ask a teacher or a boss to summarize the main points again at the end of a lesson.

Hope this helps.


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