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Memory Assembly 2010


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Memory Assembly 2010

  1. 1. Learning styles,memory & revision How to get the most from your memory when you most need it! Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  2. 2. <ul><li>How to activate the brain (Reticular Activating System – ‘new car syndrome’) </li></ul><ul><li>The magic number 7 – a tale from Sweden! </li></ul><ul><li>Primacy and recency effect </li></ul><ul><li>Your natural limits (ACS = age +/- 2 mins) </li></ul>Things we know about the brain Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  3. 3. Preferred Learning Styles What is a learning style? A learning style is simply a preference for the method by which you learn and remember what you learned. Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  4. 4. Visual Learning Style <ul><li>learns best by seeing </li></ul><ul><li>neat, orderly </li></ul><ul><li>speaks quickly, holds head up, shoulders erect </li></ul><ul><li>good long range planners </li></ul><ul><li>good spellers </li></ul><ul><li>memorises by strong visual associations </li></ul><ul><li>functions best with overall view before proceeding </li></ul><ul><li>has trouble remembering verbal instructions </li></ul>Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  5. 5. Auditory Learning Style <ul><li>learns best through hearing </li></ul><ul><li>likes to listen to talks, music or lectures </li></ul><ul><li>good story tellers </li></ul><ul><li>talks to self </li></ul><ul><li>likes talking more than writing </li></ul><ul><li>easily distracted by noise </li></ul><ul><li>may have problems with projects involving visualisation </li></ul><ul><li>likes jokes better than comics </li></ul>Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  6. 6. Kinasthetic Learning Style <ul><li>learns best by doing and through movement </li></ul><ul><li>often good athletes </li></ul><ul><li>speaks more slowly </li></ul><ul><li>memorises by moving around, walking etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>gestures a lot </li></ul><ul><li>doesn’t mind clutter/mess in workspace </li></ul><ul><li>using action words when speaking </li></ul><ul><li>wants to act things out </li></ul>Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  7. 7. Imagine a bacon sandwich! Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  8. 8. Why we all need visual memory The key is to match the learning strategy and input style to the way in which you are going to be tested on that material. Because most tests are written, and retrieval of verbal information (words) is greatly enhanced when the learner has stored pictures/is using visual memory, all learners will want to improve their ability to ‘visualise’ when they learn. Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  9. 9. How to find and use your visual memory <ul><li>The natural eye-brain connection </li></ul><ul><li>Finding and using the eye-brain connection </li></ul>Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  10. 10. Why music will enhance memory One beat per second music (e.g. Baroque) heart relaxes, blood pressure reduces, relaxed by alert state of mind results Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  11. 11. Why you are what you eat! If you eat peanuts or raw almonds about 20 minutes before exams, some research has found that you think better and faster. Nuts supply choline and lecithin that feed the neurotransmitters in the brain and improve memory. Eating protein helps you to think more clearly for longer periods of time. (N/A for those with nut allergies obviously!) Research from the Archives of Neurology (July 2003) stated that eating omega rich foods significantly reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart disease, and improves memory by helping nerve cells fire more efficiently. Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  12. 12. Some techniques for enhanced revision Look over the material before you read it thoroughly. Check the chapter names and any bold heading in each chapter. This gives the brain an overview of what’s in the chapter. Summarise Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  13. 13. Some techniques for enhanced revision In a notebook, turn all the bold headings into questions for you to answer. Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? Question Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  14. 14. Some techniques for enhanced revision Read for a purpose. Read to answer your own questions. Read Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  15. 15. Some techniques for enhanced revision Recite the material to yourself. Create spider diagrams with pictures that summarise what you have read. Hold the summary up to your visual memory and rehearse the material. Snap a picture of your summary and place it in your visual memory. Remember Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  16. 16. Some techniques for enhanced revision Review material just before the test. Use your visual memory eye position Listen to 60-beat per second music to accelerate your learning Sit or stand exactly as you do when you are feeling your most successful! Review Rachel Hawkes 2009-10
  17. 17. Bonne chance! Viel Gl ück! ¡ Mucha suerte! Good luck! Rachel Hawkes 2009-10