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Unlock Your Amazing Memory: The Fun Guide That Shows Grades 5 to 8 How to Remember Better and Make School Easier Paperback – October 27, 2013
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Classic techniques discussed include using images/mental pictures, linking the images, substituting images for numbers, letters, and symbols, and memory palaces. Images should make use of CAST: color, action, size, and taste/touch/texture to enhance memorability. Some new ideas I hadn’t seen before include using an anchor image to connect the password with its related website and suggesting images for various symbols (such as the '@' symbol, the exclamation mark, the ampersand, etc.).
My students are working on using the suggestions in Unlock Your Amazing Memory to help them memorize their science vocabulary and are having a hilarious time. How many other parents can say that their students are having FUN learning?!
I've read a few memory books in my life (can't recall the names, right now). They are often quite serious and studious. They cite studies, psychological research, and blah, blah, blah... It takes so long to get to the fun stuff!
Who is the 8th President of the United States? I didn't know, before, but this book told me. Better yet, it gave me the tools to remember it for the rest of my life. How important is knowing the 8th President? Not important at all! That's a great point, though. If I have confidence that I'll remember this trivial info for the rest of my life, think of how effective it will be to be able the truly important things I need to be able to access on a daily, monthly or yearly basis.
Readers of other memory books won't find anything earth-shattering, here. The basics are still the basics. The book's strength is in its fun tone, its vivid examples and its easy-to-follow explanations.
I also like that the book teaches kids how to get into the learning mindset, with relaxation and breathing exercises. I don't think schools teach that. I have 2 sons (aged 10 and 12) who are very busy and very active, academically and athletically. To fit everything in a day, there is a lot of pressure. It is refreshing to find a book that reinforces the lesson of stillness as a key to growth.
My boys are still working through the book, but I am sure it will help them keep things in order. My older son is currently having fun building his "Memory Castle". I know that will serve him for years to come.
My only complaint about the book: the illustrations (as much as they do help the learning process) feel a bit "cut and paste"y to me. There are lots of different styles of artwork. It would be great if the author were to find one illustrator with one style. It would give the book a more consistent and cohesive feel.
Easy lessons, easily applied. I think that is what a memory book should strive for. This one succeeds.