Thursday, March 30, 2017

Top Tips to Improve Your Memory: The Answers

Hello everyone. Here are the official answers to the Memory Top Tips:

1. Make notes in class on things that are [useful] and [important] to you. Then [revisit] your notes immediately afterwards.

2. Use mind [maps] which can be drawn on paper or a laptop.

3. Write condensed cards of your notes, and stick them where you can [see] them, such as on a [kitchen] wall.

4. Or, write your notes on your mobile phone and set up a [reminder] to read them regularly.

5. It's a good idea to say things out [loud] . This will help you remember better.

6. One student has a vision of a long white [tunnel] with all the key [topics/vocabulary] written on the side of it.

7. 'Mnemonics' uses [association] to remember facts. Create an [image] in your mind to help you remember a word or phrase.

8. Get a good night's [sleep]. Your memory won't work if you're [tired].

Many, many thanks to these participants: Margaret, Giovanna, Tandis and Serena!

Look out for the next Listening Quiz, coming soon.

All the best,
Michael

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How To Train Your Memory: Some Top Tips.

Most of us have problems remembering things: facts, faces, names, numbers. While this is normal, it becomes particularly problematic at exam time.

However, help is at hand. I have been watching a video on the BBC's Learning English site and have picked up some highly useful tips.

Tips? In this context a tip is a small piece of advice. There are many other meanings to this word - you can look them up in an online dictionary such as Wordreference.

Here are some comprehension questions to focus your attention on the video. Complete the sentences with one word for each space.

1. Make notes in class on things that are [____] and [____] to you. Then [____] your notes immediately afterwards.

2. Use mind [____] which can be drawn on paper or a laptop.

3. Write condensed cards of your notes, and stick them where you can [____] them, such as on a [____] wall.

4. Or, write your notes on your mobile phone and set up a [____] to read them regularly.

5. It's a good idea to say things out [____] . This will help you remember better.

6. One student has a vision of a long white [____] with all the key [____] written on the side of it.

7. 'Mnemonics' uses [____] to remember facts. Create an [____] in your mind to help you remember a word or phrase.

8. Get a good night's [____]. Your memory won't work if you're [____].

Now watch the video. Write the missing word on the Tag Board on the right, or in a Comment. I look forward to seeing you all here!

All the best,
Michael

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Why Are People in Cities Rude? The Answers!

Hello everyone. I have been absent recently but now I am back with the answers to the latest Six Minute English Quiz.

I'm disappointed that no one took part this time, but hopefully the next Quiz will be more successful.

So here are the answers to the quiz on why people in cities are rude. Or are they? New York City used to be notorious for its rude, grouchy inhabitants. But the couple of times I have been there, people have been unfailingly polite and helpful. It just goes to show that you shouldn't trust stereotypes.

1. (This week's official question): When we have a positive interaction with somebody, our body releases a chemical. What's the name of this chemical? Is it…

a) melatonin? b) oxytocin? c) thyroxin?
The correct answer: b) oxytocin

This chemical is also known as the "love drug"

2. If you wear a "Tube Chat Badge" it means you are ... happy to talk to a stranger!

3. People in big cities are often scared to talk to a stranger.

4. According to Dr. Elle Boag of Birmingham City University, "our brain becomes hypervigilant to the perception of threats around us."

5. "This leads to behaviours that are insular and defensive."

6. "It's a protective mechanism by which we can survive our journey."

7. You just don't know who might be dangerous.

8. We avoid making eye contact with other people.

9. According to Catherine, if you grow up in a small town it can feel claustrophobic.

10.  According to Neil, a nosey person is one who shows too much interest in other people's business.

11. According to Tom Farley, we just don't have time for idle chit-chat (two words separated by a hyphen.)

12. "Success quotient " means ... your ability to be successful at work, relative to ordinary or average people.

What can you do? Keep listening - a little every day. Use the sites listed in the right-hand column of this blog. Write to us to report your progress.

More very soon - another quiz is upcoming!

Best regards from,
Mike