students say ‘I don’t have a good memory’ but there are many barriers
to developing a good memory that are able to be overcome. Here are the
1. NEGATIVE MINDSET / ATTITUDE
Ford once famously said, “whether you believe you can, or you can't,
you are right”. This refers to your mindset or mental attitude, and the
your mind is powerful enough to enable your thoughts to create your
reality. If you have a negative attitude to your memory, it will likely
reduce your chance of developing and maintaining a good memory. There
are some simple steps you can take to start making
changes to negative thoughts. Be aware that negative thoughts are just a
habit, and habits can be changed with a little effort. Awareness is the
key to changing a habit, as you need to consciously be aware of the
current habit before you can change it – so
start catching yourself in the act of making negative statements. Affirm
your intention to improve the way you think. Then correct the negative
statement you just made, and make it into a more positive one.
2. ABSENTMINDEDNESS / NOT PAYING ATTENTION
first stage of the memory process is encoding the information that is
to be remembered – thus the brain uses the senses and emotions to
process the information
and form a memory. Here are some ways in which you can be less
- Setting an intention to become more attentive.
- Sitting up front where there are less things to distract you, especially if you have difficulty paying attention in class.
- Taking notes in class to ensure you listen.
3. STRESS / ANXIETY
will increase the likelihood of being distracted, resulting in low
concentration meaning that information may not be encoded accurately –
and thus cannot
be later retrieved. Stress may also result in mental blanks. For
example, if you’re stressed before an exam, you may not be able to think
clearly and access and retrieve the information you need. The best
thing to do is to take ten deep breaths and calm down
to allow your mind to focus.
Learn more at the Brain and Memory unit of www.studyskillshandbook.com.au
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