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I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, EdTech, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of the Crush School Series of Books, which help students understand how their brains process information and learn. I also wrote The Power of Three: How to Simplify Your Life to Amplify Your Personal and Professional Success, but be warned that it's meant for adults who want to thrive and are comfortable with four letter words.

Brain Hacking 201: Memory - Process, Learn, and Live Life

By Oskar Cymerman   |   @focus2achieve   |   BAm! Radio Network EdWords Blogger

Having things is neat. Some things we need to survive. Others fulfill certain wants. But all things eventually crumble. It is this impermanence of tangible objects that has me convinced a meaningful life is made up of memories not things.

Memories become stories we tell our children, grandchildren, and, if we're lucky, great grand children. We recall them at the dinner table, around the camp fire, or on a road trip undertaken to create more memories. Some are so exhilarating they are told in books or adapted for screenplays of Oscar-winning movies.

Memories are meant to last. But how do we make them last?

Memory Infographic

Memory Infographic

We make lasting memories by processing life as it happens around us. Memories is what life is made of. Process, Learn, and Live Life to the Fullest.

Much of the information above is inspired by what I learned from a Massive Online Open Course or MOOC through Coursera and University of California, San Diego named "Learning How To Learn" developed by Dr. Barbara Oakley and a Peter Doolittle TEDGlobal 2013 Talk "How your working memory makes sense of the world." I strongly encourage you to watch Dr. Oakley's TEDx Oakland University Talk on "Learning How To Learn." In my infographics, I combine what I learn with personal experience as a middle school and high school teacher to make K-12 learning accessible to all students.

If you find the information in the infographic useful, consider buying "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom", which is a book I wrote to help students learn more efficiently and effectively using proven research based strategies.

Thanks for reading/looking and I hope you enjoyed this post. Please share it with other educators and especially young learners who can greatly benefit from this information. They might even like it. I will feature the fourth infographic: "Brain Hacking 202: Making Sense Out Of Nonsense" in my next NEWSLETTER, so please SIGN UP if you would like to receive some tips on how to help your students improve comprehension of difficult and abstract concepts.

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