Apparently, people are overwhelming bombard by a huge amount of information which changes and multiplies every day. Hence, it is necessary for people to have a good memory in order to perceive such a large knowledge. However, it is a fact that many people, including students, have trouble with memorizing. According to Tony (2008), 95 percent of people suffer from major problems related to memory and the reason for this is that people have little access to methods or skills to “best utilize their inherent capacities.” This article is going to find out why people in general, students in particular sometimes feel helpless with their memory and in what ways they can boost their retentive memory.
Reasons for good memory
It can be said that, most of the people who indicate they have good memory by practicing every day. Otherwise, only a few of them suppose that their good memory are inborn. People who are good at remembering things are not genius. The fact is that they have to practice as well as train their brain extremely hard. Our minds, like our muscle, need to be trained and exercise every day because “there are not naturally developed brain.”
Reasons for bad memory
This may surprise us, but the main reason that leads people to having a bad memory is laziness. Especially students, who have to learn a large quantity of knowledge every day and take exams regularly. They work not hard enough to get higher results in the study in general and to better their memory in particular.
Besides, many people blame their bad memory for un-abling to concentrate and learning too much knowledge as well as receive an overwhelming amount of information. They learn, the practice even many times but they still forget them. There has nothing to surprise with this information because almost everyone forgets 95 percent of the information they have learned or read (Adam, 2009).
More people are conceiving the importance of the crucial brain’s function – remembering
A research carried by Hanoi Unversity’s Students (2012) indicates that almost asked students (71 percent) were taught about memory skills while only 29 percent of them were not taught or knew not very much about skills related to memorizing. This can be seen as a simple fact because nowadays, more and more people conceive the importance of the crucial brain’s function – remembering. The success of the individual in his everyday business, profession, trade or other occupations depends very materially upon the possession of a good memory. (Willian. W . A, 1909). He also states that the one who can develop his degree of memory, his value in any aspects of his life will be raised.
We used to envision the percentage of trained students about memory’s skills would be equivalent to those who have good memory and the same to untrained students. However, there is only 46 percent of them have good memory. And this is 67 percent in untrained students. What can we say about this? There’s a high chance that the ways that they use to remember may not be the most powerful ways.
Effective ways to boost memory – using mind maps
Everyone can hold an extremely good memory as long as they truly want. There is no a bad memory, there are only trained or untrained memories. (Harry. L, 2001)
As a human being, we usually connect old and new information and use mind maps as a memory’s skill during studying process while there are not many of us take note to remember better. It is undeniable that old and new knowledge are always needed to be connected in order to be retrieved as well as recalled. It has long been recognized that the memory, in all of its phases is capable of development, culture, training and guidance through intelligent exercise. Like other faculties of mind or physical parts, muscle or limb, it may be improved and strengthened.
Using mind maps is a very good way to retrieve knowledge because of their considerable advantages as well as to use both sides of your brain. People have right and left brain to give support to work that they do on memory systems, on note taking and communication, and on advanced mind map techniques.
Types of memory
Capacity limitations in the way human store and process information in working memory have been extensively studied and several memory systems have been distinguished. They are action memory, visual memory and audio memory.
The truth is that most of us have action memory (accounts for 41 per cent) while this of audio memory is only 25 percent and visual memory is 34 per cent. This is not much different from what we intended since remembering something by actions is usually easier to be retentive in comparison with others methods. According to a research of a university of California – San Diego’s in 2002, people typically remember actions they perform better than those that they only watch or imagine doing
This article is not showing all the reasons why many of us have poor memory but some of them. It recommends some solutions to boost the retentive memory in the end. It is worth noticing that though many of us were taught about memory’s skills, not many people feel helpful with their memory.
It is obviously that almost students who were investigated usually use mind maps as well as connect old and new information which are considered as the most effective ways to remember during the learning process. It is also recommended that students should use mind maps as the main technique in studying to use both sides of their memory.
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