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#681 - 08/30/2002 04:35 AM Pitfalls for the Mature Learner
larrydavis Offline
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Registered: 08/08/2002
Loc: Texas
I am 60 and have been accepted for graduate study at a local university. I am wondering what issues I may face because of my age, and if anyone has insight into study practices for someone who may have an occasional problem remembering...
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#682 - 08/30/2002 22:18 PM Re: Pitfalls for the Mature Learner
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First of all, Larry, CONGRATULATIONS! You are an inspiration to me. It is good to hear from older students that know that learning truly is lifelong!

I don't know of any study techniques to improve memory, but I know that if you try a search in Google with the terms "older students" + memory, you should come up with some information to get you started. Research is being done on this topic, and so far it's said that older students do not do as well as younger students in some areas of memory retention, but do better in others. :) Any comments, anyone???

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#683 - 09/01/2002 19:33 PM Re: Pitfalls for the Mature Learner
panic1 Offline
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Registered: 08/31/2002
Hi Larry, Congrats! Here's some of my "plan":
Take lots of notes,do short "reviews of each class every day spending about 5 minutes on each, then do weekly reviews about an hour per class once a week.For the weekly I make flash cards with the question on one side and the answer on the other. As I self test I put the cards I answer right 5 times in the I know pile and the ones I answer wrong in the must study pile Of course thats 5 different study times.I tape record a question, wait 10 seconds and tape record the right answer and when I play the question I try to get the right answer said before the tape says it.
Sorry this is so long, I hope it helps, Good Luck
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#684 - 09/03/2002 13:43 PM Re: Pitfalls for the Mature Learner
larrydavis Offline
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Registered: 08/08/2002
Loc: Texas
Thank you for your comments. I will certainly mount a search for AAMI (Age Associated Memory Impairment) as well as Mature Learning + Memory.

The flash card suggestion is very good. I have been using 3x5 cards on a limited basis for my self-study of the Spanish language. I can see where these can be extended to other topics.

I had not thought of the tape recorder as a study aid.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks again,

Larry :D
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#685 - 09/03/2002 19:04 PM Re: Pitfalls for the Mature Learner
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Registered: 12/10/2008
Loc: California
Hi Larry:

We have a special feature on mneumonics that is full of memory techniques:
http://www.back2college.com/memorize.htm

I knew a student who took notes in classes AND tape recorded the lecture. When she played it back, it reminded her of things she missed and helped her to flesh out her notes. Journalists sometimes do this when interviewing. :)
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#686 - 09/04/2002 15:07 PM Re: Pitfalls for the Mature Learner
larrydavis Offline
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Registered: 08/08/2002
Loc: Texas
Thank you! I read the feature you suggested. Very helpful.
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