The concept in psychology that I believe I will most likely remember five years from now is the helpful study hints that have been derived from memory research, which include the following: distributed versus massed study, testing effect, elaborative rehearsal, levels of processing, and mnemonic devices. I believe that I will most likely remember these memory concepts because I have already applied them to my study techniques this semester, and I imagine that I will continue to use them throughout the rest of my college career. For example, I have developed a habit of beginning to work on my study guides for the psychology midterms a week or even two weeks in advance. This demonstrates how I have acquired the concept of distributed versus massed study, which is used to explain how reviewing your notes and textbook in increments rather than cramming can be beneficial in acquiring all of the knowledge necessary to perform well on tests.
Another example of how I have adopted these memory concepts is through the use of the testing effect, which is defined as testing yourself frequently on the material you've read. Prior to reading about these helpful study hints, I had always underestimated the importance of taking practice tests in the majority of my classes. However, I have found that taking the practice tests repeatedly can be very beneficial in understanding how the material can be incorporated into the test questions. I think that if I continue to practice these memory concepts, they will eventually become ingrained into my mind and become second nature.