• Memory explained • Active versus passive learning • Mindmaps • Memory tricks
I remember leaves
Green as spearmint, crisp as paper
I remember trees
Bare as coat racks, spread like broken umbrellas
Now that you're finding it easier to get down to work, let's ease your burden further and help you use your memory.
The greatest fear students have is that they have too much to remember, and that this memory overload will make them go blank in the exam. Yet, good recall isn't just a static, genetic thing: you can improve your memory quite easily, rather as you would train a muscle. When I was preparing for my own finals, I learnt to use my memory so well, using the techniques outlined in this chapter, that I became able to remember sequences of numbers instantly. Far from weakening it, you too will find that exercising your memory in the ways suggested here will make it stronger and stronger.
Memory can be improved
All you have to do is to learn how to use this extraordinary tool.