Perhaps you want to learn how to do better in school but don’t know where to start? You might be thinking that you’re simply not smart enough—that you don’t have what it takes to succeed. Before you get down on yourself and fall into a rut, you might want to consider what scientists have recently discovered about one of the biggest indicators of academic success—your working memory. Your working memory is your ability to store information for short periods of time and apply it effectively to various situations and problems. Whereas long-term memory stores information that you can consciously forget but recall again at a later date, working memory is the ability to retain the knowledge and information your brain is currently using. A good working memory can allow you to solve problems quickly, multitask, comprehend reading material, focus on a project or deadline, and much more.
Working Memory Can Help You Get Better Grades In Today’s World
The Internet has all but eliminated the need for long-term memory, at least for academic or job-related purposes. Why memorize an equation, for instance, if you can simply look it up on your laptop or Smartphone? Therefore, study methods which require you to commit long lists of definitions or theorems are, thankfully, becoming obsolete. A good working memory, however, is in greater demand than ever before. Why? Because of the vast amounts of information available on the Internet and the seemingly exponential rate at which new content is being created. In fact, according to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the digital community (i.e. everyone on the Internet) creates more content every couple of days than we did since the dawn of man up until the year 2003! Try wrapping your brain around that little piece of trivia. Since it would be impossible to retain even a fraction of that information for the long-term, working memory has become the skill that’s most desirable. After all, that’s a lot of content to work with, and the better able we are to evaluate content, figure out what’s most important, and apply it to real-world problems, the more likely we will be to achieve success in today’s climate of information overload. That’s why some modern day scientists are calling for a new assessment of a person’s intelligence that takes into account an individual’s working memory. This new standardized test would replace the old one used to determine IQ.