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Memory Skills Fix Your Study Ills

Memory FailDear Study Prof,

Help! How can I fix my awful memory? I read stuff for class and immediately forget what I just read. I study, but nothing seems to stick. I just forgot who I was writing this email to.

Forgetfully,

Amy Neesha*

Dear Amy,

Barring any recent head trauma, I feel pretty safe in saying–no offense–you are W.R.O.N.G., wrong! I call “foul!” You have unfairly maligned your memory. No doubt it sulks in some moldy corner of your cranium awaiting an apology that will–let’s face it–probably never come.

Amy, Amy, Amy, *sigh*; you’ve just forgotten how great your memory actually is (isn’t life just chock full o’ little ironies?). Your memory is scary powerful, and I can prove it.  Continue reading Memory Skills Fix Your Study Ills

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McCafferty on Cramming

Memorize and purge - cramming is stupid
“All subjects are the same. I memorize notes for a test, spew it, ace it, then forget it. What makes this scary for the future of our country is that I’m in the tip-top percentile on every standardized test. I’m a model student with a very crappy attitude about learning.”
Cramming is just dumb. There are much more effective (and easy) ways to study!
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Top Two Ways to Nab New Knowledge

What do the experts say are the top two ways we store knowledge?

Learners acquire and store knowledge in two primary ways: linguistic (by reading or hearing lectures), and nonlinguistic (through visual imagery, kinesthetic or whole-body modes, and so forth). The more students use both systems of representing knowledge, the better they are able to think about and recall what they have learned (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001). -bolding mine

How can you turn your readings or the lectures you listen to into nonlinguistic forms? Try these…

  1. Take excellent notes that use lots of visuals. Get pro-active while you learn!
  2. Stand up and walk around while you go over your notes. Mime it for an imaginary audience. (Shut the door first, or your roommates will be grabbing some interesting video for snapchat.)
  3. Make up mnemonics; visual (and audio, and kinesthetic, and olfactory) imagery applied to memory.

Use both linguistic and nonlinguistic methods to nail down new knowledge, and make your learning life much more manageable.

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Get smarter during the summer?

Is it possible to actually get smarter during the summer whilst basking at the beach? Absolutely, yes! How? Take this semester’s notes and give them a light going over every week or two–while at the beach, if you like. Quiz yourself over them. Practice a bit. I’m not saying you’ve got to spend hours; just a little refresher every now and then. You’ll be transferring all that hard won knowledge into the vaunted vaults of your long term memory while the hottie with the pre-cancerous tan next to you is ever so slowly losing her spring semester learning and getting dumberer.

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