How To Review Information For Maximum Recall
So far we have leant some basic and advanced memory development methods but it is important that we remember whatever we remember. The use of locations and objects to memorise information makes information stick in our memory long enough for it to get stored in the long term memory. By using memory techniques you get rid of the old traditional methods of rote learning, which when compared to memory techniques can be very slow. repetitive and of course less efficient. But to make sure that information remains in your long-term memory, i would say it is essential that you know when and how often to review the memorised information.
Among the first people to carry out experiments on memory was a German philosopher Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909). He came up with a way of testing memory by using a series of nonsense syllables, seemingly meaningless and unmemorable syllables, for example: WAJ. He would read through a list of twenty such items untilll he was able to memorise the exact sequence. He then would measure his retention of the list after varying time periods.
Ebbinghaus observed that for a series of information. data near the beginning end of the list was much easier to recall than that in the middle. Such tendencies are known as Primacy and Recency effects respectively, and a U-shaped curve graphically illustrated the findings.
Ebbinghaus also discovered that the beast way to maintain maximum recall was to review data regularly untill what he called “overlearning” had been achieved.
And now i am going to share with you a review process that i myself use and that most of the memory champions including Dominic O’brien use. By using this review method, you will ensure the maximum recall and that equals to a great memory. This review method is called ‘The Rule Of Five” because it calls for reviewing information five time on varying time periods.
This should happen immediately. As soon as you have memorised the information, you should begin your first review and revise the information once.
Second review should happen after 24 hours.
Third review should take place after on week.
Forth review should take place after one month.
Fifth and Final Review
Fifth review is the final review and it should take place after three months. After the fifth review, you have got the information for life in your long term memory.
Please note that this review process is meant for the information that you want to store in your long term memory for life. There is no need to apply this review process to shopping lists or the information that you need to store in your brain just for a few weeks or a month.
This review system is a good one for students who need to store data in their long term memory for a year before they appear in exams. This review system is also ideal for remembering birthdays, anniversaries, important facts, jokes, quotes and stories that you want to be referring to for the rest of your life.