Memory Methods

Learn how to retain what you learn!

Structure and Organize

In order to store information, your brain must first encode it. Organizing the information before you learn it allows your brain to use semantic encoding, which is when you make connections with the information in order to remember it. One way your brain can make connections is by using a mnemonic device.

For Example: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

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Become a Teacher

Okay, not really. However, it has been shown that when a person teaches information they are more likely to remember that information in the future. This is an example of acoustic encoding because you are hearing yourself present the information. This is also an automatic type of information processing. You are not actually putting in great effort to remember the information.

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Catch Some Zzz's

Make sure you get a good nights rest after you study. Your brain will be able to store the learning information in long term memory easier if it is working while you rest. So, do your memory a favor. Take a break and let your brain do all the storing.

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Other Ways to Improve Memory

Elaborative Rehearsal:

This is similar to structure and organize. This method involves connecting old memories with new information. The memories that are already in long term memory trap in new information.


Drill and Practice:

Sometimes you just got to rinse and repeat. Repeating the information "drills" it into your brain making it stick. You may have to go over the information several times in order for it to go to long term memory.