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Why Is Memory Important for Learning?


September 12, 2019



why is memory important for learning

We rely on memory for a whole lot in our day to day lives. Whether it is what we learnt, what we need to remember, or keeping something we may need for later. Memory is amply important for learning for myriad reasons of which we are about to share!

This brings us to the three main processes of the human memory:

1. Encoding: this refers to the stage in which information is translated into a form that can be stored in memory.

2. Storing: encoded information is able to be stored in memory.

3. Retrieving: the ability to re-access this previously stored information.

Having a strong ability to remember results in advantageous outcomes in the daily processes of the workplace. We have gathered five reasons we should exercise our memories.

1. For the development of a learning and memory schema

Creating a learning and memory schema facilitates an improved and increased ability to absorb and retain new information. In return of remembering more, you can also learn more.

2. The answer cannot always be found on the Internet

Google is our friend for a reason but as much as we all know and love her, we can’t always just Google it. Mounds of irrelevant information may be discovered in the search for valuable sources, meaning we can often waste time sifting through unideal material. This is why we must improve our ability to learn in order to avoid having to ask Google every question under the sun.

3. It disciplines the mind

Memorising information exercises the brain, forcing us to focus and avoids us from becoming distracted and lazy. It is important to keep an active mind to better our ability to learn and retain useful knowledge.

4. It creates the basis of how and what we think about

Having prior knowledge on a topic is particularly useful to become an expert, as compiling new information on top of what is already understood makes for a most informed perspective.

5. So that ideas that are held in working memory can be rapidly accessed from the brain’s stored memory

Knowledge that is held in one’s working memory enhances information which is newly absorbed as it is complimented by prior knowledge. Exercising our brain’s ability to remember is essential for the accessibility of knowledge stored in our long-term memories.


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Guest Author Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.

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