Stéphanie Tremblay Posted about 2 years ago What if there was a universal method of memorization that could be implemented in primary and secondary education institutions everywhere? Actually, human brain always relies on memorization to keep going on in daily life. For instance, you go to a café. You do it for the first time by yourself when you're maybe 8 to get your mum's coffee at Tim Hortons. You get used to that routine everytime you go there. You know you just need to go to the counter, say what you want, they give it to you, then you go back to your table with your donut and coffee. One day, you decide to go in a different café and you do the same you always have, that is, to go to the counter to order your food and drink. But OOPS! They serve at tables. Next time you'll come here though, you'll remember and go sit. There is a different procedure that has been integrated in your memory. That's how the brain works everyday. If you do something similar over and over again, your head will rely on previous experiences to help you out and prevent you from thinking. However, when you're exposed to something new that requires thinking and analyzing new information, it takes more energy and more effort from your part to comprehend what's going on; the situation is being integrated in your working memory. This is the immediate space you've got to take pieces of information and work with them at the same time. The good news is we can train students to increase the amount of elements they can store in their working memory. This is a more complex problem that I won't explain here, but we need to remember that memory has to be trained. It that sense, Fritzie is quite RIGHT. Students need to memorize stuff and test their limits if they want to get better at it. That's how our brain works! Trick is, it is up to teachers to create activities and situations where they can use and reuse information in new ways.