Tag Archives: long-term memory

Improving the Syllabus: Surprising Benefits of Jumbling

Jumbling practice problem topics together helps students learn more than organizing practice problems by topic. Continue reading



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Benefiting from Retrieval Practice: Get the Timing Just Right

Retrieval practice is an excellent study strategy for students more than 24 hours ahead of a test. However, within that 24 hour window, teachers and students should focus more on connecting ideas rather than recalling them. Continue reading



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Enhance Memory by Saying Important Words Aloud

You’d like to remember a list of words better? Here’s a simple trick: read them out loud to yourself. Continue reading



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Frequency and Memory: Essential Brain Wave Boost

Earlier this month, I linked to a study showing that declarative and procedural memories correspond with different brain-wave frequencies. This week: another study making a similar point. Researchers have found that frontal, temporal, and medial temporal lobes align neural activity at lower



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Beyond Mere “Memory”

Newcomers to the field of psychology and neuroscience often want to learn as much as they can about a student’s memory system. After all: when students learn something new, that means their memory has changed. So, if we know how



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The Benefits of Forgetting

As teachers, we earnestly want our students to REMEMBER what they learned; their habit of FORGETTING leave us glum and frustrated. (In truth, our own forgetting often leaves us glum and frustrated. If you could tell me where I put my



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Memory Training That Really (Sort of) Works

Imagine yourself following a route that you know quite well: perhaps your morning commute. You take your car out of your garage; drive past the Dunkin’ Donuts, past the old movie theater, past the grocery store; you park in your



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What He Said

In recent weeks, this blog has written about the dangerous assumption that students can just get all their information from The Google, and the implication that they therefore don’t need to know much factual knowledge. (Those posts are here and



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The Benefits (?) of Overlearning

I’m reviewing the vocabulary I learned in today’s Spanish class. The last time I went through my flashcard deck, I got all of those new words right. Should I keep studying? Or, is it time to move on to my



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