Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Writing and typing

One important method of memorizing the rules for essays is recitation. While most deny they do it, most do it in one form or another. That is the main essential point of an outline. Flash cards are better, as T. Wise points out. At least in his and my opinion.

Recitation, either orally, in writing, or in typing is essential, and there is some debate over which is most effective. I believe that all three in conjunction are best. Typing is fastest. Writing is slower, but that is the point. It allows you to linger over the phrases longer and thus absorb them better. Some people think if you memorize the law through writing, then you shouldn't type your essays. I think that's bs. If you know it, then you know it. It's either there or it isn't.

There was a surgeon in Canada who used electrical impulses on the brains of subjects of his experiment. He found out that it triggered random memories, and inferred from that that the brain doesn't actually forget anything, ever. It simply stores it in a manner that you may never recall it.

On another topic, the intuitive attack on MBE's also has some element of truth. If you ever read the book "Blink" you might know what I'm talking about. Guessing, as it turns out, isn't something to laugh at...


From the book:
"It's a book about rapid cognition, about the kind of thinking that happens in a blink of an eye. When you meet someone for the first time, or walk into a house you are thinking of buying, or read the first few sentences of a book, your mind takes about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions. Well, "Blink" is a book about those two seconds, because I think those instant conclusions that we reach are really powerful and really important and, occasionally, really good."


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