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The amygdala and hippocampus can interact to modulate the encoding and storage of memories. What does this mean for the student? It means that if you are bored, take a break. The stronger your emotions are about what you are studying, the more likely you are to remember it. The easiest way to elicit emotion is to read with opinion. Have an opinion about everything you read or disagree with everything you read until you have rationalised it so your brain acts as a filter or a sentinel. That way you learn the facts together with the rationale for learning those facts and you are not just rote learning..

The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve

The Ebbinghaus forgetting curve charts memory retention over time. There is an initial steep decline followed by a more gradual decline of the residual information over time. The forgetting curve shows how information is lost over time when there is no attempt to retain it.The curve is similar to an exponential decay curve with a half life of less than 1 hour.

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The overlying concern when writing for science should be to write with clarity and to be factually accurate. A long clever, complex sentence is counterproductive. Short, atomic sentences are preferable because they are active and they are clear. An atomic sentence has two parts:

  • The Subject What you want to talk about. This could be simple e.g. A Salt. When you are sure about what it is you want to write about, write it down.
  • The predicate. This should be true, accurate and based on a learned principle and not your opinion unless you are asked for your suggestion. Try and stick as closely as possible to the formal definition, so your answers are definitions in context. The first thing is to identify what type of object you are talking about. In this case a salt is a compound. Then state the information you want to convey. So for example:

    A salt is a compound that is formed when the hydrogen ion in an acid is replaced by a metal ion or ammonium ion.


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