Why does the mind suddenly go blank when confronted with an exam question? How is it that we can read a sentence and yet not remember a thing we just read? This essay, published in Harvard Magazine, explores the nature of "academic amnesia" and offers specific suggestions for improving one’s academic memory. "Academic Amnesia provides an insightful reflection on the ways in which memory can go wrong and how we can take steps to improve it." — Daniel L. Schacter, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Seven Sins of Memory.