Some Essential Memory Skills: Part 1
Important note: Learning to study is a neglected art, and learning to use one’s memory efficiently is one of the most important aspects of that art. The next two chapters contain some of the most important material you will ever come across with regard to memory development. If you’ve done some memory training in the past, some of this material will be familiar. Nevertheless, do not skip these chapters; use them as a tune-up.
Throughout Chapters 3 and 4, the text instructs you to put the book down and take a break Do so! You may even decide to read the chapters on two consecutive days, so that you have the chance to ”sleep on” a the principles covered. Fine, but do take a break from your reading. You should not attempt to “cram” all the material that follows. Instead, allow it to settle in and become second nature. If you follow the instructions as written, you’ll discover a powerful, simple memory system that will help you in your studies and in business and personal settings for the rest of your life.
Following you will find a list of facts, roughly equivalent to those you might have to memorize for study purposes. The questions that immediately follow them will test your powers of memorization as they stand right now, before
you learn about some of the simple memory-improvement techniques well be outlining in this chapter. Take the test, and read all of the material that appears in this chapter and the next, before you proceed.
Give yourself 10 minutes to review the material that follows. Then give yourself two minutes to answer the questions associated with them on pages 30 to 31. Mark your answers on a separate sheet of paper. Ready? Go!
William Shakespeare died in 1616.
A Zuccheto is a small, round skullcap worn by Roman Catholic ecclesiastics.
The Pythagorean Theorem states that a2 + b2 = c2, where a, b and c represent the lengths of the sides of a right triangle.
William Harvey (15781657) demonstrated that blood moves through the body in only one direction, along the veins and arteries.
Without referring back, answer these questions from memory. Do not check your answers against the text:
1. In what year was Rene Descartes born?
2. What was the name of the newspaper Benjamin Towne began publishing in 1783?
4. Who assassinated President McKinley?
5. How far away is the moon from the each?
6. Where and when was the world’s first atomic bomb exploded?
7. Which compound is made up of molecules that contain two oxygen atoms and one carbon atom?
Do not go back to the material you studied.
2. The Pennsylvania Evening Post.
4. Leon Czolgosz.
5. 240,000 miles.
6. July 16, 1945, at Alamagordo, New Mexico.
7. Carbon dioxide (CO2).
If you got all seven of these correct, congratulations! You probably have an excellent natural memory. Unless you have a trained memory, though, you should still review the principles in this chapter.
If you missed one or more of the questions, read on. We’re going to continue with the next section and learn how to apply some simple memory techniques to the material you just studied. Do not go back and review the questions.