Remember: Learning and Memory are Largely Under Our Control
Here are 10 quick reminders about how memory works. These characteristics about memory show how much of memory is in our control whether we are working to recall something ourselves, designing learning opportunities for students or helping students improve their own learning skills.
The most noteworthy points for me were emphasizing that memories are not like a filing cabinet of concrete and unchanging facts but that memories change depending on how they were learned and how we recall them:
- Recalling memories changes them each time. The process of recall is actually actively constructing the past every time you recall that memory, which means
- Memory is unstable – what you choose to remember gets stronger as compared to the things you don’t often recall, and
- Reloading reinforces memory – every time we switch tasks or go back to review and recall certain
things those memories are reloaded and made stronger.