There are many ways to study the English language and memory is an important factor in the ability to read, write and communicate. Researchers have been working to help people improve their memory for years. They have found a number of tricks that can help boost your ability to pass information from your short-term memory into your long-term memory.
A new study shows that reading out loud to yourself is one of the best ways to memorize anything. It is called the ‘production effect.’ Writing and typing can both trigger the same effect but sound appears to be the most effective trigger. It has to do with encoding the material into your memory so that it is available for retrieval at any time. If you had to cram for a test, which memorization tool works best?
The Production Effect
The production effect, discovered in 2010 by University of Waterloo professor Colin Macleod, is the increased ability in memory retention after completing specific tasks like reading or writing. They found that silence was the worst when they tested four ways of remembering. Reading out loud was the best and listening to someone else a close second. Listening can be helpful if you are actively listening and as much as auditory sound does support memorization, it does not have the power to make the same impact as stating it out loud yourself.
Stating things out loud helps if you want to trigger a short-term recall. Short term recall works best when you repeat something like “I turned the iron off” after having had just turned the iron off. It will help you recall those simpler facts as you go about your day. Researchers are not sure why vocalization improves memory but it has a grand impact on the ability to retain information.