How to Use Speed Reading and Advanced Learning Strategies for Memory Improvement and a More Productive Time
Memory And Accelerated Learning!
“Knowledge is power.” This is a quote that has been passed down through the generations, idealizing the pursuit of knowledge. Knowledge is power because those with knowledge are less dependent on the people around them. For example, someone who is knowledgeable about cars will not have to rely on someone else to fix their car for them. They do not have to work around someone else’s schedule or have the money to pay them to fix the car. If they chose to fix other people’s cars, they could charge money for their skill. This gives them power.
Keep in mind, however, that knowing something and knowing how to apply it are two different things. Even if someone memorizes all the parts of a car, their knowledge is useless unless they know about what each part does and how to replace it or make repairs. By using memory and accelerated learning together, you can learn how to learn information in a way that you can remember it easier and use it in a way that benefits your life.
What is Accelerated Learning?
Have you ever considered going to a trade school or furthering your education? Or, do you have a friend or coworker who has mentioned going back to school, but not having enough time? Learning is often associated with hours of studying and repetition. However, this does not have to be the case.
Accelerated learning describes the process of creating a better environment for learning. It involves tapping into the body’s natural learning processes to help you remember and use important information quicker than you would use traditional learning processes like repetition. It also involves understanding how you learn best and using that information to improve your ability to learn.
Accelerated learning is not only for people who want to broaden their education, but for those who want to better their lives. Whether you want to work on your basketball game, become a champion chess player or learn how to bake, the strategies provided in this book will help you become an expert in your chosen area. You will master the basics as well as more advanced knowledge, using certain skills to improve the way you create, store, and retrieve memories so you can use them in day-to-day life.
The wide range of skills used in accelerated learning mean that there is unlimited potential for how it can be applied in learning. Accelerated learning can be simplified as meaning any type of learning that is done in a more efficient, accelerated way. This is the type of learning that your brain likes—it does not enjoy listening to you read vocabulary words for several hours trying to embed information into your brain. Listing words is not only inefficient, it does little to help that information reach the deep level of your brain that it needs to for you to remember that information at a later time.
A library would be difficult to use, possibly even useless without a catalog or some sort of organization system. A major part of accelerated learning is taking control of your memory and what you choose to remember. You must learn how to store information in a way that makes it easy to recollect when you need it. In this chapter, we’ll take a look at the critical role that memory plays in our lives, how it works, and where it falls short.
What is Memory?
Have you ever ‘crammed’ for a test, spending hours studying something the night before a big exam or a presentation? This is common among everyone from students to big business executives—they spend their time ‘cramming’ when they should be sleeping. The problem with cramming is that if you have not at least reviewed the information before, you’ll have trouble creating the connections that will make remembering this information either. Additionally, the memory maps of the mind do not work as well when they are not properly rested. Even after cramming the night before, you may find yourself having trouble to remember facts during your presentation or test.
The memory process in the brain has three basic steps that allow the mind to acquire and store information in a way that it can be remembered at a later date. It is a process involving encoding, storage, and retrieval.
How Memory Affects Accelerated Learning
To use your memory effectively for accelerated learning, you must be able to retrieve information for later use. Many of the techniques practiced in accelerated involve engaging the mind in a way that makes information easier to retrieve, helping you create connections faster in your mind and develop new skills. Memory, therefore, is the key to unlocking your mind’s potential. It helps you bridge that gap between memorizing facts and being able to use them in your life.
How Memory Works
The memory can only store the information it understands. Before a memory is formed, information is changed into usable data. This change that happens is called encoding. Once information has been encoded, it is tucked away inside the mind until it is used later. Unless we are actively using the information, it lies outside of our awareness until it is called back. This process of a memory being brought back into the active part of the mind where it can be used is called retrieval.
The secret to unlocking the potential of the memory is increasing the efficiency of the storage process so the retrieval process becomes easier and faster. Have you ever been confident that you knew something but found you could not bring it into your awareness? It could have been the answer to a question someone asked your or the name of a movie. This inability to recollect happens because many people’s minds are a disorganized mess. It is not enough for the subconscious mind to store the information, it has to come forward in a way that your conscious mind can decode it and use it.
Some of the techniques that you will learn about with accelerated learning will help you organize information in the mind. Additionally, you will learn a review process that will help you commit information to memory. Over time, the neural pathways leading to this information will become stronger and it will be easier to recollect the information.
Types of Retrieval
Sometimes, the way that you attempt retrieval affects if you can access a memory. The types of retrieval include:
- Recall– Recall happens when your mind can access a memory without cues. For example, you may read a question on a fill-in-the-blank style of test and recall the vocabulary word that is being asked for.
- Recollection– Recollection involves collecting bits of information stored in different places of the mind and then putting them together to form a cohesive idea. Typically, recollection involves the use of partial memories, narratives, logical structures, and other clues. A good example of this is a short-form or long-form essay question on a test, which may require you to reflect on all that you have learned and group certain pieces of information.
- Relearning– Information that can be relearned is information that you have learned before but may have trouble remembering. An example of this is re-studying your notes before a test to refresh your memory and bring the ideas back into the conscious part of your mind. Information that is relearned can be remembered more easily. By continuing to review what you have learned, you can also increase the strength of the memories, so they can be remembered easier in the future.
- ● Recognition– Recognition is having enough knowledge to remember something after it is re-experienced. You can think of this type of memory retrieval like a multiple-choice question on a test. Seeing the choices triggers a memory because you re-experience the information.
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