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Review: Memory Slam

Can you remember a hundred objects in under ten minutes?

Review: Memory Slam

Rachel Riley, pictured above, hosts Memory Slam

ElouiseStandage

W!ZARD News Author

Can you remember a hundred objects in under ten minutes? Memorise one hundred random numbers in order or become an expert in a brand new subject in just one hour?

From hundreds to eight finalists. Only one can win the trophy. This is Memory Slam a competition testing young minds in their abilities to memorise large amounts of numbers, objects, historical facts and cards in a matter of minutes. The competition has been running for seven years and has grown a Stirling reputation for helping students develop incredible memory to help with their studies.

Perfectly average students, whom are not even the brightest of their peers, discover the power to memorise to the extreme, using mind mapping and creating mind palaces to battle it out to become the UK Schools Memory Champion 2014. Two months ago they were ordinary, now they are extraordinary.

Rachel Riley (countdown) hosts the competition, investigates and gives a unique insight into the finalists’ day to day lives and their techniques for memorisation.

"Sometimes I can't remember what I had for tea" one of the children says as we see them receiving intensive training in memory skills.The programme is not my particular taste; however I think it’s a great way of presenting new ways and ideas of revising to children and young adults. It’s like watching a kid’s version of Derren Brown.

At the beginning of the documentary/competition the children are described as not the smartest in their class. But surely with the incredible memorising skills they have now been taught, they can revise to a better standard than that of their other peers. It should give them the advantage of getting better grades than most. Shouldn’t these techniques be taught in our classes rather than going straight towards certain ways of leaning i.e. taking notes in lessons?

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