As time goes on, you recall less and less of the details, but if there were strong emotions attached to the event, you’ll remember it.
- This kind of “emotional learning” seats the memory in the brain and makes it easier to recall.
- This kind of learning is typically associated with adrenaline which records the information on the emotional core of the brain.
Making meaning out of information that you’re learning will help you to access it on demand. This is why mnemonic devices work. They create meaning that paints a picture.
When Sam has to learn the names of the Great Lakes, for example, all he has to remember is HOMES which is the first letter of each Great Lake name.
For especially tedious information such as the names of the US presidents, creating silly ways to recall them is the most effective approach for Sam.
Putting names to music will also trigger Sam’s memory. Get goofy and make learning fun for your kids.
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