Friday, November 11, 2011

Home Schooling - Part 5 of a 12 Part Book Review - Brain Rules - Rule 5

Song:  Nara

Group:  E.S. Posthumus


SHORT-TERM MEMORY:  Repeat to remember

This chapter starts with various forms of memory.

What they are, in the context of this article, is unimportant.

What is important is not even the steps of memorizing that the brain 
uses in everyday recording
(encoding, storing, retrieving, and erasing).

That which is of great importance to us, the parents, is how to help our
children better their recall abilities.

Researchers have found common characteristics in the encoding process.

They had cited three that have direct implications to learning.

However, for real life application...
there is one central message...
to remember through contextual understanding.

If randomness can be made to be meaningful...
time and again, researchers had found a much higher retention rate.

Learning the concept or understanding the context which underlies
the seemingly random inputs...
through the instructor tying it in to real world examples...
gives a layout of proper placement of the input in the whole (context).

The stronger and more relevant the examples...
and the more often they are used...
the stronger the initial imprint.

Chapter Summary

1)  The brain has many types of memory systems.  One type follows 
four stages of processing:  encoding, storing, retrieving, and forgetting.

2)  Information coming into your brain is immediately split into fragments
that are sent to different regions of the cortex for storage
(and that is why it is important to tie them together in context).

3)  Most of the events that predict whether something learned
will also be remembered...occur in the first few seconds of learning.  
The more elaborately we encode a memory during its initial moments...
the stronger it will be (multiple real life examples).

4)  You can improve your chances of remembering something...
 if you reproduce the environment in which you first put it into your brain
(although physically is impractical...placement of yourself backwards in time
to the place in your mind is practical).

We always strive to give multiple real life applications of principles to Alex.  

If I can...I inject humor.

Doing so not only grabs his attention...
it helps in retainment as it will be an anomaly that stands out in his mind.

I will also attempt to revisit the concept or principle again...
many times in the future to ensure retainment.

I will also have him to try to illustrate a principle through real life examples
as we see them happening outside.  By doing are not only incorporating
multiple senses...most are giving him a picture to recall a principle.
By merely recalling the picture...he will remember the movie in his mind
about what the whole discussion was about...
concept or principle...
 and all in context.


  1. You must have had a huge pot of coffee when writing about this book. :)

    Lots of good stuff here. I just hope I can remember all of it. ;)

  2. You got that right...lots of coffee!


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