Today we were asked to reflect on what we will take away from psychology. In response to what will I still remember 5 years from today, ironically I will remember the chapter on memory. Whether it is facts about short term (10 to 15 seconds and 7 plus or minus two items), long term, how we remember, or how our memory network works, I will never forget these interesting facts.
The chapter on memory is also very applicable to our academic careers and lives. I learned many ways on how to improve my memory during psychology. First and foremost, do not cram. I have always crammed for my tests, and although people have told me it was bad, I never truly understood why it was bad so my habits continued. Now that we have learned how our memory network works, I have a greater understanding of why not to cram. Another way that memory is applicable to my life moving forward is I now know that we remember things better that we can symbolize or visualize. I try to attach meaning to items that I want to remember, and it helps me remember them later. These are the reasons why memory is something that I will never forget.