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Twenty Ways to Master Your Memory
Transcript of Twenty Ways to Master Your Memory
From Focus on College Success by Constance Staley
Make it Stick
Read information out loud
Work with the information
"Keep on keeping on"
Studying in shorter spurts is more effective.
3. Space it out
Keep knowledge bases separate for exams.
4. Separate it
We remember what comes first and what comes last, the middle tends to get lost.
5. Mind the middle
Emotions and personal connections play an important role in learning.
Make It Meaningful
Mnemonic devices - verbal or
visual memory aids.
Make It Mnemonic
The Loci mnemonic system
Create links to memorize a list
11. Link or narrate
Actively DO something with the information
Humor enhances memory
Make It Funny
Overlearning helps you truly hardwire information.
The more you work at it, the greater your degree of mastery.
Cramming leads to anxiety and fatigue, which keeps you from maximizing your memory.
Make compare-and-contrast charts.
Differentiate your study sessions.
Move material from your working memory to your long-term memory.
Information that evokes a response in you is more likely to stick.
You may have to create the emotional side of new information.
Emotions enhance memory and recall.
Do the reading assignment before the lecture.
Connect new information to previous knowledge. This helps retrieve the memory later!
Relate new information to your own life.
AIDS: acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Nabisco: National Biscuit Company
Radar: radio detection and ranging
FAQ: ([fæk] or ef-a-cue) frequently asked question
CD-ROM: (cee-dee-[rm]) Compact Disc read-only memory
BBC: British Broadcasting Corporation
AAA: triple A
3M: (three M) originally Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
Turn it into a story
13. Mark it up
14. Mark it down
Be an active reader;
interact with the text.
Take notes as you read.
Write it down to save your memory.
Physically writing something
down can help your memory.
Drawings and mind maps are effective memory tools, especially for visual learners.
Anytime you can engage in dual coding (using more than one channel, i.e. verbal and visual), you're more likely to reinforce your memory.
Put motions to
Put things in your own words;
redeliver the lecture.
Teach something to
Create a test and quiz yourself.