What does a child need to learn in school? Do you need more study hours, more support from teachers or parents? Nothing of this! Children's brains need emotions to learn. One way to achieve this is by using the Memory Palace memorization technique.
What can we do so that children do not associate studying with something boring or negative? The first thing we can do is create an educational environment in which joy and enthusiasm are enhanced. For this, it is important to stop pushing the study using fear of punishment, since this implies that children lose, little by little, their natural desire to continue learning.
In other words, the first thing is to provide children with tools so that study can be transformed into a creative process, where fantasy and imagination are used, and where the emotions involved are joy and surprise. In this way study could be transformed into a game, and children love to play.
Any learning must contemplate emotion. The latest studies on neuroeducation, the discipline that studies how the brain learns, cast doubt on traditional teaching methodologies and increasingly show that the brain needs to be excited to learn.
Paraphrasing Francisco Mora, Doctor of Medicine from the University of Granada and Doctor of Neuroscience from the University of Oxford, we have to redesign the way of teaching, creating new strategies that teachers can use to awaken the curiosity of their students. Curiosity is the key to opening the door of emotions, since without emotion there is no learning.
The memorization techniques that I propose use all the visual, associative and, above all, the emotional part of the mind, creating fantasy images and associating them with concepts to create fun and emotionally powerful stories. Our mind, and then our memory, has three fundamental characteristics:
Our mind quickly transforms words and thoughts into images. This is the reason why it is easier to remember a movie than a book; It is also easier to remember a person's face than their name when they are first introduced to us. In fact, experts claim that 83% of memory potential is visual.
Our mind continuously creates associations between one information and another. This is why a song often reminds us of a specific experience or why a fragrance reminds us of a person.
Experiences that cause strong emotions create very clear and long-term memories. In fact, we do not forget significant moments in our lives.
What happens when you study? Students usually make use of books and notes, which have a multitude of words without images. In addition, the hours spent reading and memorizing are often monotonous, boring, and undoubtedly devoid of emotion. Therefore, they use only one of the three characteristics of memory: associative. So, they are not taking its full potential out of mind.
Once this is understood, we can begin to use the visual part, creating images in our mind, associate them with what we want to remember and add emotion to it. How? Using fantasy and creating associations that are absurd, paradoxical, ridiculous, in a way that is out of the ordinary, which is what our mind tends to forget.
The Palace of Memory is a technique that consists of creating a building with the eyes of the mind (a palace or an apartment with different rooms) and filling it with images of the things we want to remember. The more crazy, outlandish, funny the image, the more unforgettable it will be.
The Palace of Memory consists of creating striking images related to the information you want to memorize, and associating them with specific places or objects contained therein. In this way, we will not only memorize the information we want (the key concepts of a speech, a topic, a mind map ...) but we will also do it by creating a specific order that will allow us to remember everything in a way clear and orderly.
Imagine that the child in school has to learn what are the words with letter G, that is,
- Words that begin with geo-gest-gen, such as geography, gesticulate or people.
- Words that end in gen, image type or margin.
- The forms of verbs that end in ger or gir, for example, shrink or dip.
- Words that end in gía, gión, gional, such as region, energy, regional.
These rules are often boring to learn. With the Palace of Memory we are going to create a fun story so that the child, when listening to it, learns the rules in a faster and more enjoyable way. Naturally his thing is that the child learns to use the technique by himself and thus can create his own palaces of memory.
In this case, I am going to use my own apartment as a palace and I am going to place a striking image in each room that makes me connect with the grammar rules.
I imagine that I am in front of the door of my house (first room of my memory palace) and I realize that someone has pasted a huge GEOGRAPHIC map on the surface of the door. To get it out, I get a lot of help from PEOPLE who have huge hands with which they MANAGE.
We went into the house. Now we are in the corridor (second room of my memory palace). There we find a huge magic mirror in which we see our giant IMAGE reflected.
We are going to the bathroom (third room) and we see that something strange is happening: all the furniture begins to SHRINK and become very small. In order for everything to return to its real size, we have to IMMERSE it in the bathtub. Finally we go to the bedroom and there we find a giant battery, full of ENERGY.
For all this, I consider that you have to leave behind the traditional methods and start again. My experience as a student has been like this. They only told me how to study, but nobody explained how to do it in an effective way, until I discovered memorization and rapid learning techniques.
I believe that learning to learn is a key point in the personal development of both children and adults, since a person who can trust their ability to learn and also enjoy it is a more confident person, with good self-esteem, who does not she hangs in the face of a new challenge, which has more time and more confidence in herself.
But, as in everything, you have to practice, that's why I invite my students to practice as if they were playing, applying the techniques in daily life, even in small things, such as a shopping list. Do you also dare?
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