By: Nicholas Dessanti
Strategie 1 - Utilize mnemonic devices to remember information
- An acronym is a word formed from the first letters or groups of letters in a name or phrase. For instance, in music, students must remember the order of notes so they can identify and play the correct note while reading music.
- Chunking is simply a way of breaking down larger pieces of information into smaller, organized “chunks” of more easily-managed information. Telephone numbers in the United States are a perfect example of this. They are 10 digits broken into 3 chunks, allowing almost everyone to remember an entire phone number with ease.
Strategie 2 - Association
- As an example: Linking the number 1 with a goldfish might be done by visualizing a 1-shaped spear being used to spear a goldfish to feed a starving family.
- Forming associations between this information and something that is easy to remember can help trigger your memory during an exam.
Strategie 3 - Imagery / Visualization
- Visualize the numbers of a cell phone number being written on a chalk board. This allows you to create a mental picture of the numbers that may be processed more completely
- Positive imagery has a positive effect on real performance results. For example, golfers do 30% better on putting when positively imagining sinking putts, and 20% worse when imagining missing putts
Strategie 4 - Linking or Chaining / Storytelling
- You may want to remember this list of counties in the South of England: Avon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, and Surrey. Create a story line to remember these counties.
- When we are being told a story, though, things change dramatically, according to researchers. Not only are the language processing parts in our brain activated, but any other area in our brain that we would use when experiencing the events of the story are too.
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