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Improving Memory - Accelerated Learning

You Can Improve Memory With Age
The fallacy that mental abilities decline with age was laid to rest by science back in the 70’s. Why then have so many of us allowed ourselves to accept age as a reason for poor memory and reduced mental capacity, when exactly the opposite is true? You can improve memory even as age.

Because no matter what our age, we continue to create new neural connections whenever our brain is stimulated. And the more neural pathways we create, the more efficient our thinking becomes. Neural connections are the secret behind improving memory!

Memory involves the process of Registering, Retaining and Recalling information. Our brain, body and nervous system automatically records or Registers our experiences.

For example, think of the volume of information you had recorded by the time you were five years old. For most of us that included at least one language and culture, our favorite foods, clothes, TV characters and much more. You didn’t think about recording all that information. It just happened!

Retention is equally automatic. Canadian Neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield was making ground breaking discoveries about memory back in the 1970’s at McGill University.

Today neuro-science has pretty much proven that everything we have ever been exposed to – seen, heard, felt, tasted or smelled – is recorded at some level in our mind and body. We seem to have perfect retention, just imperfect recall.

So the question is How do you register important information to ensure easy recall? So you can access what you know, when you need it. And not the morning after an important exam or meeting!

The good news is that studies in accelerated learning techniques have unlocked the secrets to easy recall and improving memory.
 

The first key is your emotional connection. As children in hyper learning mode we had an insatiable curiosity for the world around us. We were motivated by the pure joy of discovery. Learning was play and play was fun.

As adults, curiosity and motivation still have an important role to play. Your brain and nervous system doesn’t like boring activities and will automatically search for something more intriguing to focus on. That means the first step to registering information for easy recall is emotional engagement. Make it personal and make it important.

There are five other factors that impact our ability to Recall information. Primacy, Recency, Linking, Uniqueness and Review all have a part to play.

  1. Primacy means you’ll remember more of what you learned at the beginning of each event, meeting, study period or seminar session.
     
  2. Recency means you are apt to recall more of the information presented or studied at the end of an event, meeting or study session.

    The effect of Primacy and Recency suggests that your retention will be lower for information presented in the middle of events, meetings or study session. And that’s where the following two elements make a valuable contribution.
     
  3. Linking is the process of associating one piece of
    information to other related facts to create a strong chain where any link can trigger memory and boosts recall for all.
     
  4. Uniqueness plays on your brain’s attraction to novelty and variety. Anything unusual easier to recall because it stands out in the copious quantities of data you process every day.
     
  5. Review uses a series of quick well timed
    re-exposures to embed a path to important information.

    Start with two minutes of review after 10 minutes, two minutes of review after an hour, two minutes after 24 hours, 10 minutes after one week and again after one month and 30 minutes after six months and you’ll multiply your ability to recall important information. The schedule may vary depending on the context.

Take Advantage Of These Elements
     When you can:

  •  Break an hour of study time into three sessions of 20 to 30 minutes and by multiplying the effect of Primacy and Recency you will increase your retention and recall.
     
  • Make your learning experience multi-sensory. Use visually stimulating mind maps with colour codes and unique symbols. Show connections and link information.
     
  • Use acronyms, mnemonics and rhymes to trigger associations and link facts. Use self sticking notes, flash cards and 1Brain Gym® exercises to add a hands on component.
     
  • Make it a habit to learn something new on a regular basis and your mental agility will grow. Your brain and mind respond just like a muscle in your body. Both grow stronger with exercise.

Like To Learn More?
There are many excellent books on accelerated learning. Two personal favorites are ‘Accelerated Learning for The 21st Century,’ by Colin Rose and Malcom Nicholl and ‘The Mind Map Book,’ by Tony Buzan with Barry Buzan. Tony Buzan also has a great Mind Map book for children.

1Brain Gym® exercises were developed by Dr. Paul Dennison who publishes a number of books and learning guides.

Another of my favorites on the subject is a book called ‘Smart Moves, Why Learning Is NOT All In Your Head’ by neurophysiologist Karla Hannaford. A great resource for parents and anyone interested in how we learn.

Innergize (see link below)
offers a half day program Study Smart, based on some of the latest research in accelerated learning techniques - tips, techniques and shortcuts. www.innergizetraining.com

Public workshops are hosted by Foran Financial Institute and run bi-monthly. There is a special class for high school and university students in August. For more information and dates for this program go to www.foranfinancial.com  or phone 1-800-565-0374.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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