How does memory work?
- When we learn something new it is stored in our short-term memory.
- We start forgetting almost instantly – this is why new directions are hard to remember.
- If we test ourselves (without looking) and re-learn what we have forgotten we start to store the knowledge in long-term memory.
- We NEVER forget information in our long-term memory – this is why we all remember our childhood phone number.
- If we repeatedly test ourselves (without looking) over time until we get 100% again and again the knowledge is stored deeper.
What is a Knowledge Booklet?
A Knowledge Booklet is:
- Only the core (or essential) knowledge for a subject.
- Designed to be easy to use.
- All in one place.
- Made by your teachers for you.
A Knowledge Booklet is not:
- Everything you need to know or do in a subject.
How do we use a Knowledge Booklet?
We use a Knowledge Booklet to self-quiz and test ourselves.
- The goal is to get as much of the information from the booklet into our heads and for it to stay there.
- The most successful students will know everything in the booklet without looking after a period of time.
- The easiest way to self-quiz is to use Look Cover Write Check.
But...how do we make sure that we remember it in 6 months?
Even though you have just learnt something, you will already be forgetting it after several minutes..
They are only in your short-term memory
By this time tomorrow, you will probably only remember 1/3 of this information.
- That is why you must self-quiz on the same blocks again and again. Even if you start getting 100%
- Do this across weeks and months to store them deeper in your long-term memory.
- You probably need x6+ attempts over 6 months