Memory pertains to the storage and retrieval of information that is stored in the brain. It deals with the power to remember what was once learnt.
The brain of a man was used as template for making the computer, this made us to be smarter than the computer. The brain is like the hard disk in the system unit, where information can be stored and retrieved when needed. The portions of the human brain involved in storing and retrieving information are: the hippocampus, the amygdala and the striatum.
STEPS FOR STORING DATA IN THE BRAIN
ACCUMULATION OF INFORMATION: Studies by the American Society of Psychologist have made us to know that we are all liable to forget anything said to us 30 seconds after hearing them. Thus, it is very important for students to write down anything they hear from their tutors in class. If your tutor is too fast, you can record his voice while he/she is teaching you.
Gathering information also entails you visiting the library, going through literature, getting information from online sources and putting them together in a book.
STORAGE: Just like the way we press CONTROL+S to save our document on the computer, it is necessary to save the gathered information from our tutor, library and internet sources in our memory.
REVISION: Revision should be done over and over again. There should be no limitation to the number of time one must revise. For instance, when one stretches his arm continually for a week, the arm becomes stronger. The more the revision, the more the content of the information is understood.
We have not forgotten the English Alphabets that we learnt in our elementary school in their arranged order because we recited it again and again till it became part of us. Even if you stop reading today, when we are clock hundred years old we will still be able remember and recite it effectively. To store the data gathered effectively, one must study again and again and again.
TOOLS FOR RETRIEVING STORED DATA IN THE MEMORY
Retrieving pertains to remembering what was stored in the memory.
Chunking is more or else like distributing your mnemonic words into syllable. For instance, It is easier to remember KP-COF-GS than KPCOFGS. Phone number such as 07032253598, it is better memorized as 070-322-523-98
Mnemonics is a very effective tool for remembering what was studied. It can be a word, a sentence, or a song that serves as a cue for remembering something.
The order of life can easily be remembered by using the mnemonics KP-COF-GS where K stand for Kingdom, P for phylum, C for Class, O for Order, G for genus and S for Species.
Moreover, to easily remember the sequence of colours that made up the rainbow, mnemonic ROY-G-BIV is widely used. Where R stand for red, O-Orange, Y for yellow, G for green, B for Blue, I for indigo and V for violent.
RELATING POINTS WITH ACTIVITIES OR PEOPLE AROUND US : To remember what was once learnt, one can start to call to call one’s friend names of big words such as botanical names. when you see your friend you can say: hello Spirogyra! while he/she reply, how are you bacteria. This also aid learning.
SEEING IT IN PICTURE: One can picture what one is reading as if it is happening in real life, this will also help booster one’s remembrance.
All this require focus, they won’t happen without one setting one’s mind on them
READING SUCKS AT TIMES: At time, there may be no time for much reading, go to YouTube and watch videos concerning a particular topic.
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Steps to remembering include:
Have confidence that you can, be calm, have the mindset that you will write your exam without any external help. Don’t allow yourself to be disturbed by friends during the examination. Our brains, like the computer can skip certain Salient information and give an error message if a wrong button is pressed while it is processing its data.
Forgetfulness is not allowed among the children of the sovereign ones, for Christ has been made unto us the power and the wisdom of God.
This article was inspired by the 1 Col. 1:24, the work of Kenneth L. Higbee on Your memory, how it works and how to improve it and the work of Jossy Jonacs on what they won’t teach you in school.
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