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Lesson #16 - Improving Memory, Part 1
Everyone can improve memory. Building a strong memory is much like building strong muscles. It takes the right techniques and practice. There really is no such thing as a bad memory. There are, however, plenty of people who use their memory abilities poorly. As a result, people think they have "bad" memories. In this lesson you will learn how to use your memory abilities to develop a good memory.Q: How do you use your memory well?
Action is the key to good memory. People who have good memories are very active mentally. They use many skills to make memory work. We will begin with a brief explanation of how your memory works so you can make your memory work better for you.
Memory comes from actions you take to store, remember, and use information you have learned. Like a computer, information must be entered through your eyes, ears, touch, taste, smell and then acted on to store it. Once stored, you must take some action to retrieve it. So, memory includes two kinds of action - action to store and action to remember or recall.Q: What actions can you use to store information?
It is well known that some actions are very effective to store information in memory.
If you find that you have trouble remembering what you study, you should try the actions described above.
Q: How can you make sure you can recall?
Recalling is getting information out of memory. Most students have, at least one or two times, been taking a test and not been able to recall an answer to a question. When told the answer later, many say something like, "I knew that! Why couldn't I remember!" This is pretty frustrating; but, fortunately, there are ways to reduce this kind of forgetting.
As you can see, memory improves through action you take to remember. The more action you take, the better your memory will be. In the next lesson, you will learn some memory "tricks" that you also can use to improve memory.Q: How can you get started?
Make a memory plan by identifying the material you must know for a test. Plan to review all material at least once a week. You can use Form 16.1 to help organize this review plan.
Next, identify some things you have had difficulty remembering. This could be dates, names, main points, places, etc. For this information, use all the memory strategies described in this lesson. You can use Form 16.2 for this memory development plan.
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