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When we were little many of us played the card game memory where the participants had to flip cards over and then try to match a pair by remembering the location of the matching cards Memorizing the correct locations of the cards was the main focus for the time span of the game but those positions were instantly forgotten as soon as the game ended In my own experience this has been the case with many tests I have taken down through the years I studied the information for the purpose of passing the test and as soon as the test was over I almost immediately erased the information from my memory While I did pass many tests like that later when I could have actually used the information that I had memorized I couldnt recall any of it because the situation was different and I had taught myself to remember the information only in the context of the test Because of this all that time I spent memorizing the information was a wasteA far better approach than the one I used is to mentally change the context of things that will trigger our memories In other words personalize the information so that it becomes pertinent to our own selves By doing this we no longer have to memorize things in the traditional sense of the word When things become pertinent their priority level in our minds becomes higher The more important the information is the more we will want to learn about it in detail The key word in that last sentence is want In some ways this relates to the previous chapter in Mindful Learning It had to do with delayed gratification The idea in that chapter was to make the actual process of attaining a goal fun rather than just waiting until everything we had to do was out of the way to do something enjoyable Now this is how the previous
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