The memory system has multiple layers. Working memory holds information until it can be processed. Data is moved to short-term memory where it is held for several seconds to a minute and then, into long-term memory.
Episodic memory holds the events of your life and procedural memories are the “recipes” for getting things done.
Sensory memory holds information for a very brief period of time, perhaps 3 seconds.
If you want to truly store information in your memory, review it for brief and frequent periods. Reviewing class notes daily is more effective than “cramming” all night for a test. Reviewing or practicing causes neurons to connect. Basically, neurons that fire together, wire together for automatic recall of information. Get some sleep to improve your memory.
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