Print May 2020 Wall Calendar: -The best way to acquire correct associations, and many of them, for a separate fact, that you wish to store away so that it may be recollected when needed—some useful bit of information or interesting bit of knowledge, that “may come in handy” later on—is to analyze it and its relations. This may be done by asking yourself questions about it—each thing that you associate it within your answers being just one additional “cross-index” whereby you may find it ready when you want it. As Kay says: “The principle of asking questions and obtaining answers to them, maybe said to characterize all intellectual effort.” May 2020 Calendars and monthly planners is the method by which Socrates and Plato drew out the knowledge of their pupils, filling in the gaps and attaching new facts to those already known. When you wish to so consider a fact, ask yourself the following questions about it. If you will take the trouble to put any “fact” through the above rigid examination, you will not only attach it to hundreds of convenient and familiar other facts, so that you will remember it readily upon occasion, but you will also create a new subject of general information in your mind of which this particular fact will be the central thought. Similar systems of analysis have been published and sold by various teachers, at high prices—and many men have considered that the results justified the expenditure. So do not pass it by lightly.
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The more other facts that you manage to associate with anyone fact, the more pegs will you have to hang your facts upon—the more “loose ends” will you have whereby to pull that fact into the field of consciousness—the more cross-indexes will you have whereby you may “run down” the fact when you need it. The more associations you attach to a fact, the more “meaning” does that fact have for you, and the more interest will be created regarding it in your mind. Moreover, by so doing, you make very probable the “automatic” or involuntary recollection of that fact when you are thinking of some of its associated subjects; that is, it will come into your mind naturally in connection with something else—in a “that reminds me” fashion. And the oftener that you are involuntarily “reminded” of it, the clearer and deeper do its impression becomes on the records of your memory.
The oftener you use a fact, the easier does it become to recall it when needed. The favorite pen of a man is always at his hand in a remembered position, while the less used eraser or similar thing has to be searched for, often without success. And the more associations that you bestow upon a fact, the oftener is it likely to be used. Another point to be remembered is that the future association of a fact depends very much upon your system of filing away facts. If you will think of this when endeavoring to store away a fact for future reference, you will be very apt to find the best mental pigeon-hole for it. File it away with the thing it most resembles, or to which it has the most familiar relationship. The child does this, involuntarily—it is nature’s own way. For instance, the child sees a zebra, it files away that animal as “a donkey with stripes;” a giraffe as a “long-necked horse;” a camel as a “horse with long, crooked legs, long neck, and humps on its back.”
The child always attaches its new knowledge or fact on to some familiar fact or a bit of knowledge—sometimes the result is startling, but the child remembers by means of it nevertheless. The grown-up children will do well to build similar connecting links of memory. Attach the new thing to some old familiar thing. It is easy when you once have the knack of it. The table of questions given a little farther back will bring to mind many connecting links. Use them.