A way to improve memory by resting

When trying to memorise new material, it’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time – to do literally nothing – may be exactly what you need. Just dim the lights, sit back, and enjoy 10-15 minutes of quiet contemplation, and you’ll find that your memory of the facts you have just learnt is far better than if you had attempted to use that moment more productively.

Although it’s already well known that we should pace our studies, new research suggests that we should aim for “minimal interference” during these breaks – deliberately avoiding any activity that could tamper with the delicate task of memory formation. So no running errands, checking your emails, or surfing the web on your smartphone. You really need to give your brain the chance for a complete recharge with no distractions.

Full article: An effortless way to improve your memory

Very interesting! I, too, once read something about the brain needing about at least ten minutes to digest new information… Immediately, I realized that some lecturers’ ignorance was even larger than I thought, as they frequently didn’t believe in breaks, yet asked questions about what they’d taught a few minutes ago, only to see students blankly staring at them, or agonizing to find a proper response… therein lies great confusion (and teacher’s own well-earned “indignation”) … In that light, we might have stumbled across an impeding factor to good memory (and confidence in learning). Lecture-goers beware^^!

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