Improving Memory

Topic: Improving Memory

Posted by: Matt

Key Terms:

  • Memory - the persistence of learning overtime through the storage and retrieval or information.
  • Short-Term Memory - activated memory that holds a few items briefly, such as the seven digits of a phone number while dialing, before the information is stored or forgotten.
  • Long-Term Memory - the relatively permanent and limitless storehouse of the memory system.

Summary: Sprinkled suggested for improving memory.

Study repeatedly to boost long-term recall - overlearn. When you want to memorize something, repeat the word by reading out loud, thinking, or writing.
Spend more time rehearsing or actively thinking about the material - When you want to memorize something by reading, read it slowly as possible with paying close attention.
Make the material personally meaningful - while reading or studying something, form images that relates and helps you to understand the meaning.
To remember a list of unfamiliar items, use mnemonic devices - Make up stories that would incorporate with images of the items.
Refresh your memory by activation retrieval cues - re-create the situation and the mood of the word or story that you want to memorize
Recall events while they are fresh, before you encounter possible misinformation - when you want to memorize something, make it yours before somebody tells you a story or something that would mess up your memory.
Minimize interference - Study before sleeping
Test your own knowledge, both to rehearse it and to help determine what you do not yet know - make a test sheet, or quiz-like paper to test your memory, so in that way, you will rehearse your thought and memory again.

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