How to Improve Memory
- One example is taking notes in a lecture class. It is a good idea to paraphrase and write down what the professor says in order to remember it
- Another example, if you are reading a story, it is good pull out important points from the text. It helps your brain make connections and generate memories about the novel
- An example of organization is relating the material to yourself. This is almost like linking. Because you're connecting the information personally, to your goals, experiences, or life, it becomes more meaningful
- A second example includes grouping. The grouping strategy helps organize material with similar concepts or ideas into groups. Seeing similar words next to each other trigger something in the brain to memorize the words and their similarities.
Sound and Symbol
- An example includes using phrases to remember a series of numbers. For instance, if you come up with a sentence and every word has a certain number of letters, you use those numbers to memorize a phone number
- Another example is to create a short song. There are many examples, a few include: a song for all fifty states, a song for the twelve months, even a song for the alphabet
Repetition creates a pattern, which grabs your attention at first and then creates a familiar feeling. New information is part of our short term memory, and once it is repeated enough, it becomes part of our long term memory
- Spaced repetition is an example that uses intervals of time between the previous learned information in order. An example is studying with flashcards
- When learning new information like vocabulary words, repetition is important because it moves the temporary new memories into long term memories. Therefore, repeating vocabulary words over and over again help them sink in to your long term memory
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