When it comes to recalling or recognizing a long series of things, you would proceed as follows, while studying:
- Preset a flag with the name of the series (say, “Digestion”) and connect this name with the start of the series (changes foods undergo, for example, in passing through the mouth, stomach, small intestine, etc.).
- Follow through the steps of the process several times. Following
through several times gets the neuron pathways smoothed out.
- In the exam, upon observing the word “Digestion,” the series of changes in the food, as it passes down the digestive tract, will unfold itself in an orderly way. That is, it will be orderly you studied it in an orderly way!
What are some other study-recommendations which now “make sense” in view of the so-called “radar scanning” here described?
- The idea of multiple angles can be interpreted as setting up several flags, each leading to the same information.
- The reason for blockage of your education by distractions now can be explained by saying that distractions prevented the smooth pathway creation necessary for recall or recognition. You may have “studied,” it is true, but the essential improvement at the areas-of-nearness was not made because the distractions elbowed their way into the system at the wrong time. Time was spent, but not spent effectively.
- The post-exam review, described later, makes sense in relation to the radar analogy in this way: By reviewing an exam to see what type of errors you committed, you can preset flags that will be scanned when you begin to study for another exam; the radar will go into action at that time, allowing you to recall then what you decided to do to improve your next study session while the recent exam and study experience were fresh.
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