How to learn with zero effort

  The brain's capacity is unlimited, if only you use it correctly (Credit: Getty Images) What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast. As exam season is upon us and the Grade 12 exams are soon to begin, I thought you might be interested in "how to learn with zero effort". I was recently reading an article at BBC that discussed such a topic. The article discusses ways ...

Tips for remembering material

We're coming up to the time of the year when students are asking their teachers, sometimes in an increasingly frantic manner, "How do I remember all of this?"  Teachers' responses don't always help calm them, as they often involve something in the nature of  "You must also focus on how to use it."  The result can be panic - so here are some tips for students (and teachers) concerning how to remember material in a meaningful way. Teach it to someone else ...

Memories are made of….

What are memories made of?  Well they are certainly not 'carved in stone' as we might believe, and nor are they exact pictures of what happened.  In fact memory is the most flexible of cognitive processes, and can be altered drastically by time passing, suggestions made to you after the event, and by stress during an event.  Just talk to your brother, sister or friend about something that happened when you were both present, some years ago.  have you got ...

Have fun teaching about memory.

Most students find the idea of the unreliability of memory very interesting.  There is a lot of material in psychology that can help you make your memory lessons 'unforgettable'.  Memory is one of the processes studied at the cognitive level of analysis, along with perception.  All relevant exam questions can be answered using either, so there is no need to teach both. Key issues in memory are: Theories and models of how memory operates and is organized. Unreliability of memory Role ...

The Cognitive Level of Analysis

Happy New Year to all of you who are celebrating, or have just finished celebrating and are now starting a new term, and in some cases a new school year.  This blog post looks at the Cognitive Level of Analysis, and the cognitive process of memory. Memory is a useful process to study. Not only does it allow students to undertake all sorts of interesting memory tests that encourage engagement with the material, but controlled laboratory experiments on memory can ...

Cognition – is it all in the mind?

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year (if indeed it is New Year in your part of the world)! Have you made any resolutions, and if so, will you remember them in a week or two? Yes, we are looking at memory in this blog. Last term, the Psychology blogs focused on the brain and procrastination and the brain and behaviour, and gave some tips from examiners on how to succeed in exams and with your internally-assessed experiment.  Now we ...

We just can’t leave it alone: the past, memory, and history

It seems that we just can’t leave the past alone.  We choose what to deny and what to glorify from the life that we leave behind, as most of our moments drift entirely from our memories.  We reshape the past and impose upon its fuzzy outlines new stories of our own to fit our present interests and purposes.  In TOK, the addition of memory as a way of knowing opens up fascinating questions of knowledge.  Discussion of memory is likely ...