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"It's surprising how much of a memory is built around

things unnoticed at the time."


- Barbara Kingsolver, novelist



Memory is one of the most basic and important functions of the human brain.  In fact, without memory we can't learn.  Most people think of memory as how we recall past events, but it is also the building blocks for almost everything we do in the present and future.  Our memories provide us with a sense of our own personality and give us the information we need to function properly in the everyday world.  Communication, problem solving and relationships all rely to some extent on memories that we use to inform us as we take action. 


Of course, our brains can't remember everything.  Brains simply don't have the capacity; if they tried to remember everything we experienced, there wouldn't be room for anything else.  Involuntary muscle function, thought processes, the senses and numerous other activities would be crowded out.  There are dozens of variables that affect how much we remember, how long we retain it and whether we can recall it.  Fortunately, we can learn ways to improve how much we remember and enhance how long we remember it.

This course will explain how memory works, and will also cover these topics:

-    Strategies to improve Memory

-    Peg Memory Systems

-    The Loci Method

-    Memorizing Numbers

-    Mnemonics

-    SCAD: Learning to Become an 'Expert Witness'

-    Faces and Names

-    Powerful Public Speaking

-    Everyday Memory Aids

The class is self-paced and you can take it when it fits your schedule. So why not join and learn how to maintain a healthy memory and learn some memory improvement strategies!

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
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Lesson 1: How Memory Works

Memory seems like a simple thing: You think about where you put something you are looking for and the information (hopefully) is there for you. Most of the time, this recall of information is almost instantaneous. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Stanford Encyclopedia; Faceblind.org; AARP
  • Take Poll: Memory Improvement
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam: How Memory Works

Lesson 2: Healthy Habits and Memory

We can improve our memory by learning a variety of memory-enhancing skills, but nothing will improve our memory if we don't take care of our bodies and our minds. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Healthy Habits
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam: Healthy Habits and Memory

Lesson 3: Variety: Say It, Write It, Do It!

Using all of your senses is one of the surest ways to improve your memory. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: BioEd
  • Review Video: YouTube
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam: Variety: Say It, Write it, Do It!

Lesson 4: Peg Memory Systems

Peg Memory Systems are designed to help you remember lists of information. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Memory Improvement Tips; Peg Memory
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Defining Peg Systems
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam: Peg Memory Systems

Lesson 5: The Loci Method

The Loci method is one of the most ancient memorization tools known and is based on attaching individual items you need to remember, to individual points on a route you are familiar with. 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Xavier University
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam: The Loci Method

Lesson 6: Memorizing Numbers

In today's world, we have to remember an amazing array of numbers -- phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, account numbers, credit card numbers, and pin numbers. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Mind Tools; The Memory Page
  • Take Poll: What's harder?
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Choosing a Method
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam: Memorizing Numbers

Lesson 7: Mnemonics

Sometimes you want something a bit simpler than the admittedly complex number alphabet to help you remember lists of items or, perhaps, specific information. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Mnemonics
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam: Mnemonics

Lesson 8: SCAD: Learning to Become an "Expert Witness"

We've talked a lot about how to learn and retain information that you are reading, studying, or hearing. We've also learned how to memorize and recall information, like lists of words and numbers. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Specificity Counts
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam: SCAD: Learning to Become an “Expert Witness”

Lesson 9: Faces and Names

One of the most common admissions people have about their memory is that they have trouble remembering names -- and they are even worse at putting faces to names when they run into people they've only met once or twice. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Mind Tools; CNN
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Remembering People
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam: Faces and Names

Lesson 10: Powerful Public Speaking

Almost everyone has to give a speech at some point in their lives. Many of us have to do it with alarming regularity, whether it's at school, at work, or for social functions. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: A Research Guide; About.com
  • Review Video: YouTube
  • Take Poll: Public Speaking
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam: Powerful Public Speaking

Lesson 11: Everyday Memory Aids

We've reviewed quite a few mnemonic devices and specific methods for training ourselves to remember more information, such as long lists of information, speeches, names, and faces. 23 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: HelpGuide.org
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam: Everyday Memory Aids
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Memory Improvement
Course Number: 7550096
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe how memory works.
  • Know healthy habits and memory.
  • Describe Peg Memory Systems.
  • Describe the loci method.
  • Demonstrate memorizing numbers.
  • Describe mnemonics.
  • Define and use SCAD.
  • Describe techniques for remembering faces and names.
  • Know everyday memory aids, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "This class was very well organized. The information was presented simply and clearly. The techniques presented to improve memory were helpful and practical." -- Linda B.

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