Memory Training

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To provide a deeper understanding of memory processes, and to motivate students to use memory techniques and strategies to improve their retention when studying for tests and exams

The brain at work. Image by Merle Hearns. CC By


•Understand the processes involved in memory
•Select and use new strategies for memorising study material


•Hand-out on short-term & long-term memory - an eportfolio version is located at: [1]
•Internet access: list of links on BlackBoard including &
•Two games set up on trays: 20-items on a tray with recording sheets
•DVD: BBC documentary on the Human Mind: Get Smart - reference below or access on YouTube (3 parts) at: [2]


•Start with the 20-item memory game & have students record how many items they can remember
•Discuss memory & how the process works using the h/out
•Show highlights of video, especially section on the storytelling/linking strategy
•Have students access Memory Strategies Unit on BlackBoard for suggestions on techniques - firstly, h/out 1 & secondly, ideas from: Neuroscience for Kids: Memory Exeriments
•Access memory games & memory training – have students select & focus on one or two techniques they want to try themselves
•End with the second 20-item memory game & try to use a strategy they have discovered in class
•H/wk – attempt to learn a list from Anatomy & Physiology, BioScience, etc., that they have previously been unable to learn well, using the storytelling/linking strategy & report on this in a paragraph reflection


•Engagement in memory activities can be used a check point
•Paragraph reflection
•In-class assessment with a paragraph on the memory process

Winston, R. (2003). Get smart. The human mind: and how to make the most of it. BBC.