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Introduction to Modules Eight and Nine

Module Eight is an introduction to how our brains process and recall information, along with some of the study strategies that might help improve memory. We will also be exploring some of the myths about our brains and how we learn.

Module Nine is based on previous ideas we have discussed in class about Time Management, Procrastination, Academic Boredom, and Concentration. These topics are repeated, since they tend to be the ones that most students indicate a desire to work on improving. You will select ones of these areas that is the most relevant for you.


The Science of Memory

Let’s begin by exploring two videos that detail some of the science of the brain and memory.

Start with this video that describes the Information Processing Model. It’s captioned correctly, and I recommend that everyone turn on the captioning so that you can see the spelling of the scientific terminology. Five quiz questions will come from this video.

Have you ever heard that we only use 10 percent of our brains? Here is your second video, which addresses this idea. This one has technical terms, too, so it’s best to turn on the captioning and/or use the transcript. Five quiz questions will come from this video.

Study Strategies to Improve Memory

Next, you are going to work on connecting the science of how we remember things to some of the study strategies that can be used to improve memory. You already have a strong background in this from the CPEL videos with Dr. Chew.

There are three websites you will be using this week. Begin by carefully reading the information, considering the information, and reflecting on what information is valuable to you. Some of the information on the websites is based on the science of memory and other parts of the websites are not grounded in the science of how we learn. Try to distinguish between that which is based on solid scientific theory and that which is not.

These documents/websites will be the basis of your assignment:

Site One: Memory Techniques (downloads as a .pdf)

Site Two: Strategies to Improve Memory and Retention

Site Three: Ten Easy Memory Tricks

Assignment : Discussion Questions

DQ One: Brain Myths

There are many misconceptions about or brains. Look at this website that debunks 10 brain myths. Select two myths that were surprising or interesting to you, and then describe how these myths originated and reasons they still persist. Are there any negative or positive consequences in believing these myths to be true? If so, what?

DQ Two: Time Management, Procrastination, Academic Boredom, and Concentration

Please visit this site and take the short assessment on effective habits for effective study (It requires a Flash player). When you are done, select one of the questions that you did not score yourself highly on, but in which you wish to begin improving. What question did you select? What is the connection between this area and one of the areas of Time Management, Procrastination, Academic Boredom, and Concentration? What are some specific ways you will make improvements in this area?

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