Online Class: Memory Improvement

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Course Description

"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!

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous work or academic experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1: How Memory Works
  • Lesson 2: Healthy Habits and Memory
  • Lesson 3: Variety: Say It, Write it, Do It!
  • Lesson 4: Peg Memory Systems
  • Lesson 5: The Loci Method
  • Lesson 6: Memorizing Numbers
  • Lesson 7: Mnemonics
  • Lesson 8: SCAD: Learning to Become an 'Expert Witness'
  • Lesson 9: Faces and Names
  • Lesson 10: Powerful Public Speaking
  • Lesson 11: Everyday Memory Aids

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written  assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.
A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or better

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Exam: How Memory Works9
Lesson 2 Exam: Healthy Habits and Memory10
Lesson 3 Exam: Variety: Say It, Write it, Do It!9
Lesson 4 Exam: Peg Memory Systems7
Lesson 5 Exam: The Loci Method6
Lesson 6 Exam: Memorizing Numbers11
Lesson 7 Exam: Mnemonics10
Lesson 8 Exam: SCAD: Learning to Become an “Expert Witness”9
Lesson 9 Exam: Faces and Names8
Lesson 10 Exam: Powerful Public Speaking10
Lesson 11 Exam: Everyday Memory Aids8
The Final Exam15
Total Points:113

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