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How can they expect a man or woman to memories 50 or so names, processes, and years - not to mention places... wait, that adds up to over a hundred, maybe two hundred.... for a test, when he doesn't have a bloody good memory?

*sigh*

Goody goody.... sure, I'm not doing to bad in my little preperation here at home, but still... this is after a few short weeks in class. There will be more.

Heh... good. Got that out my system. Anyone care to chip in to the vent? Who else here struggles with a porous memory?

~Titus


Es ist gut, daß das Leben die Toten studieren sollte.

[This message has been edited by PoetryIsLife (02-04-2003 09:09 PM).]

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*hugs Titus* I'm sure you'll do fine.

Kielo

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How can they expect a man or woman to memories 50 or so names, processes, and years - not to mention places...

How do you remember the names of all your friends and family? Birthdays or important anniversaries? How do you remember your own age and height and eye- and hair-color? The amount of irrelevant information you hold in your head every day is almost staggering.

Except, of course, it's not irrelevant. Not to you. It takes almost no effort at all to remember things about which you actually care. If you're having trouble memorizing things for a test, one would have to conclude you don't really care much about the material. The answer, then, is to FIND a reason to care, and that usually means getting deeper into the story. Personalize it. Live it. Make it part of your own history. And you'll be amazed how easily things that are now important to you will be recalled.
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Excellent points, Ron.  I found when I was in school Titus, that I had to do just what Ron said. I needed to make the learning something I enjoyed, even when some of it was so bland and dry, I thought I'd go mad.

The main trick I used was drawing. I had a good sized chalk board when I was young, and turned everything I had to learn into drawings and stories. I needed things to be visual, so it worked for me.

For your example, I'd have probably drawn a simple line ... like a timeline across the page or board, then at each date I'd write in, I'd draw something unique about the name or "thing" I had to remember - nothing fancy, just something visual and talk my way through it like it was a "story".  I'd usually scribble it out on paper after I covered a few items, then would erase the chalkboard, and draw it again, then erase and draw again ...

When I took my tests, I could see the pictures still in my mind. It probably sounds silly, but I took that chalkboard with me to nursing in college. It fit under my bed, and I'd pull it out to study. I got all the girls on my dorm floor drawing out hearts and digestive systems, and well, you name it.

My chalkboard is long gone, but I still draw things out with a pen and paper at work when working through problems and training employees. Dull, boring concepts get circles, squares, arrows, and lines and the odd happy face, if nothing else.
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Bloody good ideas you two.   Thanks for the input; a lot of it makes a good deal of sense.

You sound like an artist, Kit. My sister would love your way of memory-improving.

The test is for a History of Photography class, which I'm having quite a good time in. The material is very intriguing.... most people I know tell me they wouldn't take a college course on the history of photography, but, to me, it shows how long a and hard a road it was to the technology we have today.

I was up till one studying last night, and got up a while ago (it's someowhere around seven here, I believe)... I'm hoping the lack of sleep doesn't hassle my mind later this morning.

Maybe if I go into the test with the mindset that the material does matter to me, and that it should be no more difficult to remember that then it is to remember my own age...

I'll let you all know how I did. This professor has us grae in class, as a class.



Es ist gut, daß das Leben die Toten studieren sollte.

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Titus..Titus...Titus..tsk.tsk.. You're a poet, man!! There's no better way to memorize than to put things in poetic for or songs!

I know that my aunt's name is MAry
Is she nice to me now?...yes, very!
And Joe is my uncle, the drunk
While Billy, his son, is a punk.

Write it out, man...put it to music...hum it..and have it there for your test!

Hey, you think you got it bad as a kid? Studies show that more money is being spent on breast implants and Viagra for the elderly than Alzheimer's research. By 2020, there should be a large elderly population with perky breasts and never-ending erections with no recollection of what to do with either of them!!
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6 posted 02-06-2003 12:45 AM       View Profile for PoetryIsLife   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PoetryIsLife

*starts choking on laughter from 'deer's comments*

Oh, man, that was classic.

~Titus

Es ist gut, daß das Leben die Toten studieren sollte.

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oh my gosh Balladeer, that was too funny.
and by golly a great idea too...not the implants...lol the idea for memorizing
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LOL! Aww...Balladeer. That was...uhm...AWWW!!!

Titus: Ever took piano or history? If yes, you shouldn't have any problem memorizing. If no...well... . lol, kidding.
Sometimes, after memorizing something, I take a walk around the house and come back to see if I still remember it. Lengthens the whole memory project, but it's very effective. Like, did you know it took 25 chops to behead Mary Queen of Scots?

...or was it 15? Uhm...

I like cookies.

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Twenty-five?

Thanks for the suggestion. I got a ninety-one (A-), so, I'm obviously pleased with how I did, believing I was going to do so poorly.

~Titus

Es ist gut, daß das Leben die Toten studieren sollte.

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yeah, sometimes, I can't remember all names and dates. I am an assistant for an English class at my school (One of my electives), and I am always forgetting who people are.

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My feeling is that it won't amount to a row of beans once you're in the practical world anyways.  In fact, I have made a habit of NOT remembering things most of my life - when I stepped unto the high-school side-walk after my last exam I very sternly shook my head and symbolically dumped most of the crap out of my ears.

I find that not remembering things has a great advantage - so don't get too upset if you don't remember those test items beyond next week - you probably will never need the info anyways.


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