Basically, everybody wishes they had the tools to improve memory. Think about it, we rely on our memory in various different ways every single day. Everything we know how to do is learned, even tiny tasks like eating a meal. As a species, we’d be nothing without our memory. How many times have you wished for a better memory? However, it’s not actually your memory that’s the problem but your ability to recall certain memories. Your brain records everything that happens to you, from books you’ve read to movies you’ve watched. The trouble is, sometimes it’s hard to tap into those memories.
But, there are ways to improve memory by training your brain to store information in the most efficient way. This week we’ll talk about the way in which most of us learn things and why it’s wrong. Also, we’ll go into depth about the teachability index and how to get your score.
Old School Learning
In order to better the way we process and store information, we need to be aware of how our brains currently do those things. The majority of the world remembers things by using what’s called rote memorization. This means that things are learned using repetition, aka going over information over and over again. The problem with rote memorization is that you retain information just long enough to take a test if you know it’s coming up. Eventually, you won’t be able to recall that information because that’s a faulty way of learning. Unfortunately, most of us have been using rote memorization since grade school.
The information we provide on how to improve memory is great, as long as you are ready to learn and apply it. The teachability index is the way we measure how ready you are to learn. There are two parts of the teachability index, each ranked with a score of 1 through 10, with 10 being the highest. First, you rank your desire to learn which is fairly easy. Assuming you are interested in improving your memory, your score will likely be pretty high.
The second part of the teachability index is more difficult. This component is called your willingness to change and can be difficult to gauge. For the most part, we get into our zones of comfort and therefore don’t necessarily have a strong desire to change. But if you make a conscious effort to boost your number, you’ll get there. Rate your willingness to change on a scale of 1 through 10.
In order to get your teachability index, you simply take the two numbers and multiply them together. If either your desire to learn or willingness to change scores are low, your overall teachability index will be low.