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Tip #673: Would You Like a Memory Trick?

On May 30, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #673: Would You Like a Memory Trick?

“Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos

I attended a webinar with Ida Shessel, who discussed five elements that increase the likelihood that a memory will be imprinted in the brain. She believes that we can boost learning retention if we incorporate some, if not all, of the following memory imprint elements:

  • Visual
  • Rare or unusual
  • Linked or associated to something
  • Movement (that enhances the visual)
  • Emotional

Ida demonstrated one very powerful way to do this through the link-method, which is an image-based technique for memorizing lists. It uses visualization and association to change abstract facts into mental pictures that are easy to remember. This works because most people’s brains can remember visual images (pictures) much easier than abstract … Read the rest

Tip #640: True Learning Requires Reflection

On September 6, 2016, Posted by , In learning, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #640: True Learning Requires Reflection

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” John Dewey

It has always been an important closing activity for my skill-building workshops to have the participants identify their key learning or their key take away.

When an action plan is appropriate, I have the participants identify their key challenges and what they will do to address these challenges, in addition to their significant learning.

If I close with a paired walk-about activity, the participants are asked to pair up and explain how they plan to use what they have learned.

An article by Katrina Schwartz titled: “Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection” helped me realize that these closing activities are important because they … Read the rest