Guin­ness mem­ory man helps at UWC

Daily Dispatch - - News - By MAN­DELA NA­MASTE

WITH fi­nal ex­ams around the corner and the peren­nial study grind mak­ing mem­o­ri­sa­tion a very dif­fi­cult task‚ the Univer­sity of the Western Cape (UWC) has come up with a novel way to help stu­dents.

The univer­sity’s Cen­tre for Stu­dent Sup­port Ser­vices (CSSS) se­cured the ser­vices of Guin­ness World Record holder David Thomas‚ who has mem­o­rised thou­sands of dig­its of pi. He led an in­ter­ac­tive work­shop and taught 400 stu­dents sev­eral tech­niques for strength­en­ing their mem­o­ries.

“Stu­dents are on the cusp of writ­ing their fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions‚ and one of the most re­ported chal­lenges for stu­dents when ac­cess­ing stu­dent sup­port is mem­ory and con­cen­tra­tion‚ which can se­verely com­pro­mise aca­demic per­for­mance‚” said CSSS di­rec­tor Laeti­tia Per­mall.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the univer­sity‚ peo­ple’s mem­o­ries are get­ting weaker – in part be­cause tech­nol­ogy means we can now rely on plat­forms like Wikipedia to find in­for­ma­tion and Face­book to re­mem­ber birthdays.

In one no­table ex­er­cise‚ Thomas made stu­dents mem­o­rise and re­call a list of 25 words. “It’s much like go­ing to the gym – you can build your mem­ory like you build your mus­cles‚” Thomas said. — DDC

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