COMM104 Week 2 Lecture
Specific Memory/Study Techniques and Strategies
(A “mnemonic” is a memory aid.)
This memory technique groups items by their first letter or alphabetically. An example is an acronym, an invented word or sentence created from the beginning letter(s) of the important parts of the concept or idea you’re trying to memorize.
- Example: The made up name "ROY G. BIV" helps recall the colors of the rainbow
Connect New Information to Something You Already Know
A mental walk (known as the “loci” method) uses the layout of a familiar location. As you “walk” through the location, you associate details from each room with the new information you’re trying to recall. This technique works well with a sequence of events.
Visual Imagery Mnemonics
- An idea chain links words or events on a list by visually associating the items on the list. So, to remember the rulers of Russia during the Rurik Dynasty--beginning with Daniel and Yuri--to cue Daniel, start with a visual of a man wearing a “Dan-the- Man” t-shirt, pointing at another man, saying “you’re it!” for Yuri, and so on.
Visual Organizing Mnemonics
- Examples include concept maps, summary diagrams, and timelines. Concept maps, also known as think-links or word webs provide a visual representation of the pieces of information and their connection to each other.