Improving Your Memory and Concentration

 

Objectives:

 

·        To develop awareness of strategies for memory and concentration improvement

·        To compare current practices with recommended strategies for concentration and memory improvement

     

Outcomes:

 

·        To create a personalized memory and concentration “toolbox” of change lists and useful exercises or strategies.

·        To implement chosen strategies for at least one week and note improvements.

 

Warm-Up:

Read general information on memory and complete the Memory Questionnaire at:

http://www.muskingum.edu/~cal/database/general/monitoring4.html .

New Instruction:

  1. Read the following article on paying attention in class:  http://www.studygs.net/classr.htm Think about your current classroom behavior.  List two changes you can make to help you pay more attention during class.

  2. Read the following article on concentrating when studying:  http://www.studygs.net/concen.htm Think about your current study behavior.  List two changes you can make to help you improve concentration while studying.

  3. Choose at least two strategies from the following sites to use while learning new things.  Print or write down your strategies so you will remember them!

  4. Practice five (or more) exercises on each of these sites, write down at least three exercises you plan to practice every day for a week.  You may want to print these lists for future reference.

  5. Compile a Memory & Concentration “Toolbox”  (folder or file) with your printed or written changes and strategies lists,  exercises, and any notes you have taken while doing these exercises.

Feedback and Review:

  1. Teach three strategies from your “Toolbox” to a fellow student, co-worker, or family member.  This will help you remember what you have learned! 

  2. Discuss with your instructor at least five changes you will make to your current learning practices to help improve your concentration or memory. 

  3. Practice five changes or exercises from your lists for at least a week.   After one week, note improvements, or look for more helpful suggestions from your lists or these websites.

Transfer of Knowledge or Skills:

Using your Memory & Concentration “Toolbox”, evaluate each topic you are trying to learn (in or out of class). 

  1. Is your current level of concentration adequate for effective learning? 

  2. Could you remember more by using some of the recommended strategies? 

  3. How can you modify your experiences so you can learn more effectively?

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