For my business statistics course there are fundamental equations for each of the different types of distributions that are used to calculate various fundamental aspects of said distributions. Some of the equations are similar in that they utilize the same variables but treat the variables in different ways, while other equations may have completely unique parts that are unused in any others.
I will be tested over this information via multiple-choice exams. However, I would argue that while there are some elements of recognition-based testing, one must be able to recall how to manipulate the given data to arrive at one of the four or five answers provided. As is generally suggested, I will be studying to recall not just to recognize.
Between the introduction of a new idea and when I’ll be tested over it is generally several weeks. While the tests in this course are not cumulative by definition, the material does build upon itself throughout. This means that while I will not be explicitly tested over the same material twice, I will need to be able to utilize previously tested material in future tests if needed. I would also like to retain this knowledge for use outside of the course.
Information that resides in long-term memory has gone through quite the process in reaching the status of a durable memory. First, new information is imported into the brain through our sensory organs into our sensory memory. The sheer amount of sensory information that is generated is larger than what we as humans can give attention to. As a result, most of the information present in this first step will not be retained. Once in sensory memory, the attended stimuli will be shipped to the short-term memory. From short-term memory one of two things can happen; if no rehearsal is performed, or rehearsal is prevented then the associated information will most likely be lost through decay, conversely if rehearsal takes place then the information in short-term memory is strengthened and retained. The jump from short-term memory to long-term memory happens through encoding. Once something resides in long-term memory its chance of survival goes up dramatically. This does not mean, however, that something in long-term memory cannot be forgotten; the old adage of “use it or lose it” strongly applies. To develop the strongest, most durable long-term memory one must repeatedly retrieve and enforce the information contained.
In order to maximize the amount of information I retain I will attempt to maximize the efficiency of the encoding process through distributed practice, utilizing a deep level of processing. This will involve multiple study sessions of short to medium duration spread out over several weeks. What’s more, I will not be just quizzing myself over what equation goes with what situation, I will be striving to understand not just what equation and when, but why. Being able to not only get the correct figures to plug into the equations to get the right answers,...