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Memory chap7


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Memory chap7

  1. 1. Maria St. HilaireMaria St. HilaireAssignments: Chapter 7: Memory and Studying: Retaining What You LearnEvery student experiences the frustration of working hard to remember something that seemsirrelevant.• How do you handle this? • How should you handle it? • What memorization techniques do youresist trying? • Is it because they seem too unrelated to the information, or too goofy? • Whatwould you be willing to try? • What does Norton’s story mean for you? • What effects can takeyou beyond your world? • What can you learn from Norton’s case about memory and studystrategies? • What can you learn from Norton about analytical, creative, and practical thinking? When I feel something is frustrating to me my first instinct is to run away. I don’t likebeing in a situation that is uncomfortable. I have a hard time handling things that are not to myliking. So if I was Norton, I would probably do the same thing he did his first time in college.Actually, I did do the same thing. I know now that instead, I should have persevered. Giving upis not the right thing to do. I had to learn this the hard way. I did waste precious time that I cannever get back, but then again at least I get a second chance at it. Now I handle thing thatfrustrating to me differently. I try to be more involved and an active listener. For one, I recentlystarted using the Cornell T-note style of note taking. I am constantly writing notes in class andwhen I am reading. I also putting together notes of what I listened to in class and what I read inbooks together. This has been the best way for me to understand my notes. Sometimes, the topicsthat the teacher is talking about in class gets confusing and find the explanation in what I read inthe related chapters, and vise-versa. It is involved, pay attention, ask question. I now memorizeinformation by writing and rewriting things down and making sure I fully understand theconcepts. I even look up definitions of words that I don’t understand or think there might be two 1
  2. 2. Maria St. Hilaireor more meanings to them. I create study sheets by putting all my notes together. Also I try tomake connection between what I am learning and my personal experiences. I have always resisted trying the Mnemonic devices. Well because they do seem to beconfusing to me. I believe that using this method will only make it harder on me. Adding moreinfo to the mix, just mess me all up. For example if I was to use music I would end up loosingmy concentration. Not only do I have to remember information, now I have to remember extrastuff that I see as unrelated. I also resisted study groups because I worry about others affectingme in a negative way and vise-versa. I am a very easily distracted and don’t like to be rushed orjudged. I think I work better alone when it comes to studying. Nevertheless, I wish I did find astudy group that works for me. God knows I need the help and motivation. I would be willing totry using flash card. I use to use them before years ago they were very helpful but now I guess Igot lazy and stop putting in the extra effort. Norton’s story gives me hope. I don’t know for sure if I will be able to make as far as hedid. I am very doughty, especially before I read his story, but now I feel more motivated to tryharder. His story means to me: if you find out what you are doing wrong and what is missing,you can change your present failures in school into future successes. I can end up someoneelse’s’ motivational story of how determination get you to the top. From Norton’s case aboutmemory and study strategies I learned to try different studying systems and if at first you don’tsucceed try again. He showed me that second time around will be better if I learn from mymistakes, put in more effort, stay focus, and lastly practice and learn more on how to usechunking and mnemonics to remember information better. 2
  3. 3. Maria St. Hilaire Using Norton’s story teaches me to 1-Analyticaly learn my strengths and weakness toknow where improvement is need. 2-Creatively find new techniques to acquire and retain what Iam learning, as a result turning it into long term memory. 3-Practicaly think of way to plan andactually do use these techniques by putting them to work. 3