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Encourage Students with Strong Memory to Memorize Extra Information

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Encourage Students with Strong Memory to Memorize Extra Information

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
— John Wooden

Students with strong memory skills might benefit from memorizing more than is required so they can use their energy for more complex reasoning tasks.

How To Apply It!

  1. The more information you have memorized, the easier it will be to draw on and apply that information for problem solving, writing, or other assignments that ask you to go deeper.
  2. Teachers will typically give instruction on what is essential to memorize. If your memory is very good, you might find that you don't need to put in a lot more effort to memorize some additional information and that will make tests and assignments a bit easier.
  3. You might not choose to memorize extra information in all classes, but it can be a good idea in subjects that you find more challenging.
  4. If you have weaker attention or working memory, extra memorization at home can mean that you do not need to expend as much energy looking up terms or deriving formulas. Conserving that energy can help boost your overall accuracy and performance.

Why It Works? (the Science Of Learning!)

Students aren't asked to memorize as much given the ubiquity of devices to look up what they need. However, learning builds more easily on information you know with automaticity. In addition, looking up information takes time and energy. As explained in this