Question of the Week

What tactics do you use to improve your memory, and do they work?


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Two recent posts by Sam Glover at Lawyerist have championed ink and paper over a computer screen.

A post last month noted a study finding that students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than those who took notes with pen and paper. “Setting aside the potential for distraction (games), the act of taking notes on a computer actually interferes with your memory,” Glover wrote.

A post from this week covered a Scientific American article discussing research on reading from screens versus paper and concluded: “When it comes to intensively reading long pieces of plain text, paper and ink may still have the advantage.” One main reason cited is how easily distracted we are by the Internet and email while reading computer screens.

So this week, we’d like to ask you: Whether it’s chucking electronics for ink and paper or something else, what tactics do you use to improve your memory? Do they work?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Does your boss stick up for you when it matters, or not?

Featured answer:

Posted by Jack Ryan: “My boss has. I’ve had a couple of cases in the Supreme Court in the last few years, and in the second, a well-known member of the ‘regular’ Supreme Court bar—someone with a lot of experience there—offered to argue the case for free. It might have been a touch choice for some, but if my boss had a moment of hesitation, I wasn’t made aware of it. I argued the case, and my clients prevailed.”

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