When I play a concentration game, why I do I remember the first card I turn over? Always.
Why does the first day of vacation stand out from the rest? Why do I remember my first child’s milestones better than his siblings? Or my first vegetable garden when I was newly married?
I learned the answer after my boys were in college. I discovered Summarization in Any Subject: 50 Techniques to Improve Student Learning by Rick Wormeli.
Research proves that we remember best what we experience first, and we remember second best what we experience last—also known as Prime 1 and Prime 2. That is why pastors, teachers, and motivational speakers begin and end with memorable scripture passages or examples.
Along the way, I should have started and ended lessons with my major points. Even more, now I should begin and end my day with what is most important.
What is your Prime 1 and Prime 2?