Having difficulties remembering large passages of information?
We can take a CHUNK out of that!
Most people, like you and I, have limits to our memory!
- But memory techniques – like CHUNKING – can help us stretch and overcome these natural limitations in our memory.
- Because of this, chunking is a powerful memory trick that we can use to learn new information and keep it in our memories.
- There are several ways that you can apply chunking in your everyday life – whether at work, at school, or even in your own leisure time.
- You may even be familiar with some of the strategies we’ll be exploring below, and others will of course, be new.
The common line between them though?
– they will make your life much easier in terms of remembering and learning new information, especially if there is a lot to learn!
So, what is CHUNKING? And what is a chunk?
To answer that, we first need to go back to George Miller, the man who coined ‘The Magic Number Seven’
MILLER’S MAGIC SEVEN (plus or minus two)
- George A. Miller was a professor of psychology at Harvard University, who was interested in exploring he limits of short-term memory.
- In his research, he discovered that the number of discrete pieces of information we can remember at any one time – is seven.
- The information can include words, numbers, locations, or anything else you can think of.
- While most people average remembering 5-6 units of information, we cannot hold more than 8-9 units at most (hence the plus or minus two).
- The lucky number 7 then, is the most commonly-observed number of informational units that a person can retain in their short-term memory. So much so, that it came to be known as “Miller’s Magic Number Seven (plus or minus two)”.
So, if we know that seven is the general limit, then CHUNKING is our hack to get around it!
What is CHUNKING? How does it work
Writing & Research by: Sahar Allahdini
Last Update: February 2021