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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 14

Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, August 30, 1963
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U Gofesburfl Register-Moll, Gofesbura, ML (8) Why We Forget Things By The Reading Laboratory, Inc. Written for Newspaper Enterprise Association The title of this article may be A little misleading. Nobody is really sure just how learning works. There's a whole host of plausible theories on the psychological market but there are still large gaps in our knowledge. We do know enough about learning to figure out some productive study methods, and perhaps more important, we know something about forgetting, too. We know, (or instance, that your learning Is restricted by your span of concentration, and we know that the average span of concentration for a student on a single subject is about 5f minutes. Thai's why your classes are usually 50 minutes long. We know that you can learn meaningful material more easily than you can memorize nonsense syllables — and that you can retain the meaningful material longer. We know that most forgetting occurs immediately after learning because the continued flow of new material makes it difficult for a new concept to "take." On the other hand, if you can still remember something the day after you learned it, you can be sure you won't forget it easily. This just scratches the surface of learning theory, but it's enough to help you plan your study time more intelligently. For instance, if your span of concentration is only 50 minutes, isn't it silly to study one subject for three or four hours straight through? Since the influx of new material speeds up forgetting, doesn't it follow that if you study for several hours without reinforcement, you'll forget most of what you learned in the first hour? And if meaningful material is the easiest to learn, isn't it pointless to memorize without trying to understand what you are memorizing? Here's the way you ought to study to make the facts of learning work for you: • Study in spurts. Study for about a half hour, then take a five-minute break. • Really turn your mind on full power for each "study spurt." Get the most out of each spurt. Be active, involved and thinking. • Switch subjects. Spend two half-hour periods on one subject then switch to another. It'll keep your mind fresh. • Spend the first five minutes of each half-hour period reviewing the previous half-hour. This kind of regular reinforcement will eliminate a lot of forgetting. • If you have to memorize something, understand it first. • Take notes as you study — In the lJnited States the tomato was once thought to be poisonous, a mistaken idea that probably arose because the plant belongs to the nightshade family which includes deadly species. just key words to help you remember. Your memory is tricky; don't trust it. • At the end of each week, make a quick review of the week's study. Make your mind work for you; don't work against it. ' Tuff to Scuff Inside or Out! Do Font Porch t Floor Enamel Here's a taatfx enamel that can take weather and hard wear on porch or patio outside, andheavy floor traffic inside the house. Easy to use, with brush or roller, on wood or concrete above grade. Dries quickly to a high elo&s that lasts for years. CLAY'S WALLPAPER PAINT "It Pays To Shop at Clay's" 43 S. Prairie Phone 342-5517 (NEXT: materials.) Organizing your Friday, Aug, 30, J963 Smoke Jumper Keeps Watch Over Forests By WAMU3N 3. fiRIfitt MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A smokejumper is somewhat like a frail judo expert who climbs into the ring with a heavyweight. He faces a larger, and stronger foe. But he knows that one swift, precise blow—if timed and placed correctly-—can topple his opponent. An elite corps of 175 men, on standby at Missoula throughout the summer, can be ready in minutes to fly to any area in the nation. Actually, most jumps occur in the Pacific Northwest, principally Montana and Idaho. But Missoula-based men also parachute into fires in Alaska or New Mexico. Dedicated in 1954 by President Eisenhower, the Missoula smoke- jumper center was officially named the Missoula Aerial Fire Depot. The site Includes a iizable training area that looks much like an Army paratrooper school. It is the largest of eight such facilities in the nation, "We take considerable pride in our training program, 1 ' says Henry J. Viche, air operations officer. "We've made 55,000 jumps since itto without a fatality caused during the descent or landing. "About 1)000 young men apply for smokejumper duty at Missoula each summer. We take about 60 of them. We're choosy arid we keep our standards high." An applicant is rejected if he hasn't worked one summer on a regular fire suppression crew. "Our typical smokejumper ),, says Viche, "Is a college student about 24. Me must meet demanding physical requirements but there are no limitations on academic background. We get them from all fields—we often get applications from divinity students." Viche, born in Missoula, has been with the U.S. Forest Service for 34 years. Viche directs all aerial operations in Region One—33-million- acres that includes all of Montana and parts of Idaho, Washington and North Dakota. Foresters say the secret of thi smokejumpers' success is speed, "The sooner we get to a fire, the better the chance of control* ling it," says Viche. "Once a firi spreads over thousands of acres, we have to work on several fronts. "Eighty per cent of the fires still are small when we get to them. We're able to confine them quickly." READ THE CLASSIFIEDS! TICKETS NOW ON SALE Galeshu'9 men* B»1* 9th Annual Season 1963 ROTARY TRAVELOG 1964 Fabtdous Color Movies by the Men who Take Them SENIOR HIGH AUDITORIUM STARTS OCTOBER 1 Tuesday-October 1 GERALD HOOPER 'Yugoslavia — Gem of the Balkans' One of the most beautiful Tuesday-October 29 CARL THOMSEN "Austria Waltzes Again" You'll relax and enjoy it Tuesday-December 3 STAN MIDGLEY "Jeep Trails Through Utah" Educational - Entertaining Tuesday-January 7 Col. JOHN D. CRAIG "Over and Under the Caribbean" A real thriller Already the largest gathering of people in Galesburg, except for some sports events, last year set another record. Nearly 2100 people bought season tickets. This year we are arranging to handle 2200 people. Only Season Tickets are sold and these are transferable so they may be used by anyone. A new type of ticket, with detachable coupon for each attraction to simplify letting some friend use your ticket if you are unable to attend, is being used this year. Tuesday-February 11 NICOL SMITH "Chile — Land of Contrasts" One of the best ever Tuesday-March 17 DON COOPER 'Lumberjack's Alaskan Adventure' Repeated by popular request Approximately $3.50 of every $5 for a Season Ticket goes for worthwhile community projects. Our most recent project is the newly opened tennis courts at Losey and Maple. Other activities supported by the Rotary Travelog Fund are: Little League Baseball. Knox College Scholarship Program. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. American Legion Citizenship Program. YMCA, Salvation Army, Red Cross Camp Shaubena, Camp Pearl Carver Center. Day Nursery Building Program. John Thiel Youth Program. Premier Boys' State. Rotary International Exchange Students. Only $5 for all 6 Attractions SEASON TICKETS ONLY FOR SALE BY LINDSTROM'S — C&E GROCERY - ALL ROTARIANS ROTARY CLUB of GALESBURG

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