7 Principles Of Memory

By | July 20, 2017

7 Principles Of MemoryTrying to learn everything is not possible and not reasonable. Follow these 7 principles below to every aspect of your daily life: at home, at school, at work, and in your leisure time. Know that memory definitely involves learning, and both are complimentary activities for better survival and achievement in our modern world.

#1   Behavior

Learners learn from their behavior. Thus, learner errors should be minimized in order to achieve better memory and mastery of skills.

#2   Response  

Learning is most effective when correct responses are reinforced immediately. Feedback should be informative and rewarding whenever the response is correct. Punishment may be effective if used but data also shows that it may also inhibit learning than increase learning and memory improvement. It may temporarily suppress an incorrect response, but the response tends to reappear when the punishment stops. Punishment can also be emotionally disruptive and may become an interfering cognitive dissonance in the process of learning and storing of information. For example, children who are punished for making an error while reading aloud may become so upset and distracted by the punishment that they will commit more mistakes.

#3   Frequency

The frequency of reinforcement determines how well a response will be learned and retained.

#4   Practice

Practicing a response in a variety of setting increases both retention of data and the transferability of these data into other information. This means one may involve a constant rethinking of ideas or imaging the self in a reactive activity (silently talking to oneself in order to elicit conscious response) in order to enhance better thinking and memory. Motivated conditions may influence the effectiveness of positive thinking and memory and may play a key role in increasing the level of performance in memory retention.

#5   Meaning

Meaningful learning is more permanent and more transferable than memorized learning.

#6   Understand

Understanding what is memorized is better than just practicing how to become a good memorizer.

#7   Pace

People learn more effectively when they learn at their own pace.


It is important to know how you learn, what you need to learn and which strategies work best for you. These 7 principles have guided me along the journey of my life and I just wanted to share with you.

Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to memorize something; the idea is to simply take the information and techniques you’ve already learned and adapt them to the specific task or activity at hand.

Let me know your thoughts and leave your comments below. I would very much loved to learn from you.

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