How to Remember and Retain what you Read (improve Memory, Increase in Learning)
Your memory is your brain’s filing system. It contains everything you have learnt. You can store an amazing amount of information. Your brain is made up of 100 billion neurons. As you grow and develop, these neurons are ‘wired up’ to each other, and communicate through thousands of connections – synapses. Memories are formed when certain connections are strengthened.
WAYS to Improve Your Memory:
Know How to Study
Know How to Think
Be Bright (brave/clear)
Know How to See
Think in Pictures (engaging with the learning)
Think in Metaphors
Think in Symbols
Satan tries to get us to stop thinking and to forget!!
How to remember what you read
Why Nephi wrote a Book (see 1 Ne. 6:4-5)
REMEMBER it is simple it only takes more time (like long division)Continue reading
We have been trained not to Wonder.
We have been taught not to ask questions!
We have poor thinking skills and it’s not that we are incapable, just not trained well! As young children we were curious and asked many questions. When we received answers that were true but didn’t mean anything we slowly stopped asking questions. And by the time we are 18 our ability to wonder, ask questions, be curious is gone. Our hunger for knowledge is practically nonexistent. When our leaders ask us questions we just sit and stare or satisfy them (and ourselves) with cliches, memorized definitions, cute statements or circular definitions. These answers do not prepare for growth, nor do they edify, require thinking or bring understanding. What can we do to rectify this problem?
Learn a new skill: SYMBOLOGY!
What is symbology?
More Creativity, More Communication, More Understanding, More Deep Thinking, More Achievement.
What symbology is NOT:
“Questions are like fish hooks that answers get hooked on. Questions are what connects us what we want, who we want to be and what we don’t know we want to know.” Tresta NeilContinue reading
When curiosity – that drive to know, is gone it is hard to get back! But not impossible!! Nurturing curiosity can be as easy as listening and talking to each other.Continue reading
On September 24, 2014 I spoke to an audience of mostly college students about increasing curiosity. Here are my notes: Imagine that you are the friend of Pythagorus …Story of Pythagorus going to Atlantis, finding scalene people…
What does scalene mean? What does it mean in this context? (answer at the end of presentation)
How is the shape for the number 2 important to you? Think about this for the next hour.
Why is curiosity so important? Why is it the buzz word in education right now? (Ken Robinson)
Write down 10 questions you have about nature….
My professor, John Young, told us that it take him 6 – 8 weeks to get his new students to start thinking on their own, to ask questions, basic questions. 🙁
The question now is how do we get it back and how do we keep it in our children?
Why is being curious so important? We need THINKERS, people who can find answers, solve problems, etc. When a society is created without curiosity there is no more risks, no more questions, no more entrepreneurs, no more independence!
Teach the Bridge to Self Learning (below)
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We want our children to be Great Leaders
“Average leaders raise the bar for themselves
Good leaders raise the bar for others
Great leaders help others raise the bar for themselves”
Share the 13 ways to Increase your Curiosity. (below)
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Teach the Vesica Pisces
What did you learn about the scalene triangle? How does it apply in this context?
Encouraging curiosity and thinking, helping children to know that their questions are valid and worth exploring and that they are capable of finding the answers is what is needed in the world and in our homes?Continue reading
A young boy goes sees his father’s hammer and can’t resist the temptation to grab it and use it. The father soon hears the hammer being used and finds the boy. One father approaches the boy and says
“A wise child uses twice as much care with his father’s things as he does with his own.”
Another father says,
“If you break anything with that hammer, you’re going to be in big trouble.” One of these is said by the father of a child of an eastern or Hebrew culture; the other by one of a western or Greek culture. Do you know which? Yes, the “wise child” statement is of eastern culture and the more specific “hammer” one is of western.
the use of one idea to cause the mind to think for itself to comprehend
a larger and possibly more complex idea. That may not be a dictionary
definition, but it seems to serve well here.
While the Statement about the “wise child” may not be use of direct symbolism, it does follow my above definition. Why do two fathers see their son doing the same thing, yet use such different ways to let the child know that he’ll be in big trouble if anything is damaged? It’s a way of thinking. We who are of western culture would expect to hear the more direct “hammer” warning. Both work at getting the thought across, but the first does encompass a lot more than the hammer. The difficulty with the “wise child” warning is that the child must think, “I want to be a wise child. why would it be wise to be more careful with Dad’s things…I’ll be in big trouble if I’m not.” There is also difficulty with the “hammer” method. The child might just go out and start playing with a saw. Then after he’s cut all the legs of a table, he’ll wonder why he’s in trouble.
The Lord uses both the direct and the indirect (symbolism) to get his point across. We, his children need to learn how to “decode” the symbolism. I think that most of the time it’s not that the “decoding” job is difficult, but rather we’re just not accustomed to thinking though such language. We tend to want everything to be in plain, straight forward, language. I suggest, however, that it’s in the really thinking out the symbolism that we internalize the principle taught and therefore can more efficiently act on it.
Every symbol has a logical progression or connection:
Health in the navel… the path through which life and strength are given/received. —Thus a symbol of spiritual life and strength given/received.
Marrow in the bones… inner source of life as it is where blood in manufactured. —Thus the source of inner strength, etc.
Green… life, spring, renewal… I’ll let you think this one through the rest of the way.
By pondering and learning though symbolism we can internalize each principle and as we study principle upon principle, we can begin to see the whole picture more clearly. Maybe a better way of putting it would be that the symbolism helps us see just how the principle fits in with others to complete the picture.
Occasionally big miracles come into your live that change your outlook on life. This month I have received two! I have been searching for family groups and classes that will help me give my children the best education for them individually and as a family. I found both!
First, I have the privilege of being a mentor with the Provo Vanguard Group. This is a wonderful once a week principle based, LDS homeschool group. There are fabulous teachers for my younger children going on at the same time as the youth are being taught. Nickie Allen has facilitated this group and has blessed my family because of it. There are four main classes, Government and Leadership, History and Geography, Literature and Art and Math and Science. I teach the Math and Science class where this semester we are learning symbolic Geometry and Oceanography. I get to teach what I love and have others teach my children what they love to teach. They get the benefits and privilege of having teachers who are passionate and creative. Who can ask for more? It is a miracle!
Second, I became a certified mentor for Life Changing Services. I have three teenage sons who struggled with pornography. As an LDS mother this is devastating! Where did I go wrong? What could I have done differently? What can I do now and where can I turn? These were the questions whirling through my head. I wanted help for them, but I also needed help myself. Life Changing Services gave me the education and the tools I needs to overcome the feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness. The principles helped me see the real battle we are fighting against Satan. The information changed our family from a state of despair and embarrassment to strength and unity. I am so thrilled with the results! It is a miracle!!
I would love to hear the miracles that are happening in your lives. Please share them by email.
I hope that your family and your homeschool experiences are filled with the spirit and you are learning and increasing in joy.
Here is what’s happening at Keystone Connections:
Three classes for one low price! Tuesday afternoons I am teaching three classes for youth and parents. These are unique classes filled with symbolism.
1. Eternal Warriors – learn strategies to fight against Satan that really work.
2. The Gospel in Geometry – learn the deep symbolism of basic shapes, colors, numbers and Hebrew letters.
3. The Roles of Christ in Astronomy – learn the history of the constellations, the meanings behind the names, learn twelve major role of Christ within the twelve Zodiac constellations. Read more. . .
Parents Who Know!
An eight week course for parents and grandparents who struggle with the feelings of hopelessness and uncertainty. There are three types of voices in our head – 1) God, who encourages, uplifts, comforts and helps us remember, 2)Self, who asks questions, is curious and makes decisions and 3) Satan, who tries to get us to forget, be discouraged or frustrated, etc. In this class we will learn how to become very comfortable with God’s voice and our own learning. And how to recognize and stop Satan’s influence on us. We will accomplish this by setting a few goals and closely observing how Satan gets us personally to not accomplish our desires (of God, what he wants for us too). Read more . .
Mathematics in Creation
An eight week class for youth and adults about math within God’s creations. We will discover and learn the characteristics of Christ in each shape, color, number and Hebrew letters. Learners will gain a greater love for math and science, learn connections between all the sciences, colors, numbers and shapes and the history of mathematics. This will be a class that will change how you see everything. Read more. . .
A once a month class using the Principle Approach. We will begin in September with the basic principles such as word studies, character studies, tools of Remembering and tools of Retaining. Then each month we will take one subject and go in depth with doctrines, principles and applications of that specific subject. Read more . . .