The ABC of recall
The ABC of recall; how to deal with forgetfulness and build strong recall memory.
One of the things that bothers every human is the situational inability to recall a word, or event when he/she pertinently needs to.
This mind disturbing phenomena has made scientists to seek for ways to improve the average human recall memory.
This article is about unravelling to you some (scientifically) proven techniques through which you can easily recall either the notes you’ve committed to memory while preparing for an examination, or recount an event that you so wish to relate at any given moment or time.
Before I go ahead to give you a run down of these techniques I’ll love to let you know that on a positive light; the human brain actually stores every event that is imputed into it ( that’s to say whatever you see, hear, smell or feel is permanently stored in your brain) and at such there’s no such thing as losing memory of something, i.e. to a normal, healthy person.
To reinforce this assertion, popular neurosurgeon Dr Ben Carson stated that from his experience and findings while in active service; the human brain takes a precisely accurate record of every single thing the eye beholds and safely stores them, and the singular duty left for the individual is to retrieve those things that have been recorded.
So the question goes; how then can I retrieve something that I’ve put to memory?
In answer to the above question, I’ll establish two basic principles upon which memory recall relies.
The first is the principle of;
This is the first and basic principle that helps in memory recall. This is because the brain classifies information inputted into it between important information and non-important information. In this regard the brain only makes an effort to recall items that have been classed as relevant and necessary, making it important that the learner ensures that he/she is intentional about what he/she learns which is intended for specific recall.
The second principle is:
This principle is practically attached to the first in that intentional learning can only be possible when their is focus attached.
Focus is that mood one gets in when he/she is only conscious aware of one particular event.
Reason has it that there is a higher probability for a person who focuses during a seminar to recall what was being said than for an individual who couldn’t let his mind stay on the event at hand.
The above principles being established, I’ll now go ahead to outline and briefly explain three practical techniques you can engage to improve memory recall.
The first is,
This particular technique is about the most popular memorization technique that promotes memory recall. Repetition is simply the rehearsal of something learned with the purpose of recalling it in the future when the information is needed. This is a technique peculiar to students who are preparing for their examinations.
So how does this work?
Repetition is valid only when it is done within regulated, specific intervals and this serves as reinforcement to that which has been learnt and as a reminder to the brain that this particular information is of utmost relevance and has to be available for recall when needed.
Intervals that have been recognized to be effective are:
First: repeat what you’ve learnt immediately after first learning.
Second repetition comes up after 20 minutes
Next up, repeat again after 6 hours,
Finally repeat and rehearse the memorized information after 24 hours.
The above procedure for spaced repetition works effectively for short-term recall for up to 6 months.
However for a longer recall duration, the spaced repetition should be done again after a month, then 6 months later. A recall that lasts for a lifetime will be sealed if the repetition is sustained annually thereafter.
Another established technique is the;
>>> Reverse recall
It’s been scientifically proven that the brain tends to make connections across events when it wants to make a recollection. In this order, recall of a past event is made possible by tracing the steps/actions one took sequel to the select event in reverse order, this creates strong links that’ll lead to the recall of the needed information.
This reverse learning is practically applied by first tracing one’s thoughts, words, actions or steps backward from the near last know junction and then making sequential links from each stop to the other taking cue from the environmental situations/changes that accompanied such events, the people around, the music played, the pauses made while studying and other vivid events around the recall period. This will help make clear links that will in turn seal a recall.
The last technique I’ll share is the use of
Acronym according to Merriam Webster English dictionary is defined as : “a word formed from the first letters of each one of the words in a phrase”
For a student preparing for exams where recall of exact words such as scientific and complex names are required, the use of acronyms come in handy.
An example of the use of Acronym is the popular coinage of ROYGBIV which spells the seven colours namely “Red, Orange,Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.
In the use of Acronyms, I do advice that the student make use of a coinage that is less complex and very relatable to him as this will ease his recall of the memorized information.
There are a number of other techniques but I’ll prefer to end with these three so you can apply these techniques and see how fine they work.
For emphasis sake, I’ll restate that the act of memorization and recall is basically tied to the two principles of intentional, prioritized learning and focus – for these two form the foundation upon which the brain builds relevance around what is being learnt and hence prioritizes it for easy recall.
Thanks for reading through, I’ll love to receive feedback from you in the comment box below stating how this article has helped you.