Memory

by Len Horridge

Rehearsal

Any form of repetition will strengthen the encoding process, and thus make retention and recall easier.

Review

Go over the information you wish to remember. Do this between five and ten minutes after first going over the information, when it is still fresh in your mind. This strengthens the neural pathways already laid down, and thus makes them more permanent. Several subsequent reviews at longer intervals will further embed the information into your neural network.

Any form of repetition will strengthen the encoding process, and thus make retention and recall easier.

Talk it out

When trying to memorise something, it can help if you actually recite the information aloud. You might repeat ideas verbatim (when you need to memorise parrot fashion), or you can repeat ideas in your own words (and thus ensure that you have a true understanding of the information).

Repeating information aloud can help you encode the information (auditory encoding) and identify how well you have learned it.

Teach it to the trees

An effective way to enhance recall and understanding of dense material is to teach it to an imaginary audience. By doing this, you are forced to organise the material in a way that makes sense to you while anticipating which questions may be asked by your ‘students’.

Moreover, by articulating your lecture aloud, you will uncover gaps in your comprehension (and recall) of the material.