5 Best Ways to Boost Your Memory. Study tips to help you study less and remember more.

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How do you forget something? What can that tell us about how to remember more effectively? In a slick study by Peterson and Peterson (1959) participants were given a three letter sequence–such as “AVK”–and then asked to count backwards by threes; “100, 97, 94, 91….”  After only six seconds recall for the sequence of three letters hadContinue reading “5 Best Ways to Boost Your Memory. Study tips to help you study less and remember more.”

Boost Your Brain Performance With These Powerful Tips

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Get adequate sleep at night and take a nap during the day when possible. The average person needs about 8.5 to 9 hours per night, but some need more and some need less. Stress in your life—physical, mental, or emotional—will often increase your need for sleep (though it may make sleep more difficult). If possible,Continue reading “Boost Your Brain Performance With These Powerful Tips”

Habit Forming by Repetition Illustrated

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Here’s a great picture of exactly how we achieve our goals through repeated actions.  We become what we repeatedly do. This is a time-lapse of a Japanese group that walked the same path over and over. After several days they had worn a path in the grass. Consider how long it will take for theContinue reading “Habit Forming by Repetition Illustrated”

Mini-Reviews. Best Recall Trick Ever?

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Everyone knows you have to review it to remember it (no matter what “it” is), but reviewing doesn’t have to take long. Do little reviews even during class or while you’re reading. For example, during a class lecture the entomology professor explains the distinguishing characteristics of the order Diptera, the true flies, and then gets sidetrackedContinue reading “Mini-Reviews. Best Recall Trick Ever?”

The Easy Way to Learn New Vocabulary

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Ever had a car wreck? Any big, emotional, unusual event such as a car wreck, our high school graduation, or our first kiss, is easily memorable. No notes. No flash cards. It just sticks! “Car wreck” memories stick because they are emotional and unusual.  They are also multi-sensory.  So how do we take something asContinue reading “The Easy Way to Learn New Vocabulary”

6 Things You Must Know Before Taking a GRE or SAT Prep Course!

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First–full-disclosure–I teach a GRE prep course and an SAT prep course for Texas A&M University. Expensive courses can be worth it if you actually get the increases they claim. They could easily make you ten times as much as they cost, in the form of scholarships, fellowships, or better jobs! What little independent research thereContinue reading “6 Things You Must Know Before Taking a GRE or SAT Prep Course!”

Sleep Is a Study Skill; Research Proves It

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Jeffrey Ellenbogen, a sleep research fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, found that those who studied and then slept on it did much better on a test the next day than those who didn’t sleep. In fact, sleepers got an average score 76% correct while the all-night crowd got only 32% correct! Find theContinue reading “Sleep Is a Study Skill; Research Proves It”

Memory Software, Anki, Uses Spaced Repetition Algorithm to Boost Recall

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Like previously mentioned Mnemosyne and SuperMemo 2004, Anki uses a spaced-repetition system to maximize your recall. I’ve used several of these systems in the past, and while they work wonderfully, they don’t really fit my needs, since I often want to review my flash cards when I’m not sitting in front of a computer. YouContinue reading “Memory Software, Anki, Uses Spaced Repetition Algorithm to Boost Recall”

Memory Game to Help Kids (or Adults) With Mnemonics

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Here’s a quick game that you can teach your kids to help them learn to apply mnemonics and also build a foundation for later study skills.  Kids may not be too keen on studying, but if it’s fun they’ll do it all day long. My kids and I usually play this while driving. Three StoryContinue reading “Memory Game to Help Kids (or Adults) With Mnemonics”

Flash Cards

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Flash cards are a powerful tool to help you memorize things such as vocabulary, mathematical formulas, history facts, and spelling. Here are some strategies to help you get the most from your flash cards. Use flashcards in several different colors. Use each color as a cue to help recall something about the fact on thatContinue reading “Flash Cards”

Memorizing Complex Images and Charts

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No matter what you are memorizing, mnemonic strategies will make the process easier and less time consuming. It may take more time to memorize the info initially, but you will more than make up for it by having to do less review later on! The mnemonic process may not be so obvious when you areContinue reading “Memorizing Complex Images and Charts”

Memory is Like a Barrel of Monkeys

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Memory is more like a barrel of monkeys than a barrel of bricks.  With a barrel of bricks, the more bricks there are, the heavier and more unwieldy it becomes. With the barrel of monkeys (and I’m referring to the children’s toy here), more monkeys means more connections, and that means it’s easier to liftContinue reading “Memory is Like a Barrel of Monkeys”

How to Memorize Formulas and More

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Trying to memorize formulas or equations?  You can use mnemonics, as I’ve mentioned previously, but you’ll need to modify your methods a bit to take into account numbers and symbols.  Perhaps the best way to make the method clear is to give you a few examples. Let’s look at the quadratic formula first. Going fromContinue reading “How to Memorize Formulas and More”

Re-reading Your Notes Wastes Time!

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Did you know that reading over your notes repeatedly is one of the LEAST effective ways to study?  Psychology research has demonstrated repeatedly that you remember much more effectively when you work with information rather than just reviewing information. Solution: Teach your study materials to a partner.  Look briefly at a main heading in theContinue reading “Re-reading Your Notes Wastes Time!”