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Twenty Ways to Master Your Memory

Adapted from Focus on College Success by Constance Staley
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Lynn Warner

on 5 November 2015

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Transcript of Twenty Ways to Master Your Memory

Twenty Ways to Master
Your Memory

From Focus on College Success by Constance Staley
Make it Stick
Read information out loud
1. Rehearse
Work with the information
"Keep on keeping on"
2. Overlearn
Studying in shorter spurts is more effective.
3. Space it out
Keep knowledge bases separate for exams.
4. Separate it
We remember what comes first and what comes last, the middle tends to get lost.
5. Mind the middle
Emotions and personal connections play an important role in learning.
Make It Meaningful
Mnemonic devices - verbal or
visual memory aids.
Make It Mnemonic
Acrostics
9. Spell
The Loci mnemonic system
10. Locate
Create links to memorize a list
11. Link or narrate
Peg List
12. Peg
Actively DO something with the information
Manipulate It
Humor enhances memory
Make It Funny
Mastery
Overlearning helps you truly hardwire information.
The more you work at it, the greater your degree of mastery.
NO!
Cramming leads to anxiety and fatigue, which keeps you from maximizing your memory.
Make compare-and-contrast charts.
Differentiate your study sessions.
Move material from your working memory to your long-term memory.
6. Feel
Information that evokes a response in you is more likely to stick.
You may have to create the emotional side of new information.
Emotions enhance memory and recall.
7. Connect
8. Personalize
Do the reading assignment before the lecture.
Connect new information to previous knowledge. This helps retrieve the memory later!
Relate new information to your own life.
Acronyms
My
Very
Excellent
Mother
Just
Served
Us
Nachos
Mercury
Venus
Earth
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
AIDS: acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Nabisco: National Biscuit Company
Radar: radio detection and ranging
FAQ: ([fæk] or ef-a-cue) frequently asked question
CD-ROM: (cee-dee-[rm]) Compact Disc read-only memory
BBC: British Broadcasting Corporation
AAA: triple A
3M: (three M) originally Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
Turn it into a story
one-bun
two-shoe
three-tree
four-door
five-hive
six-sticks
seven-heaven
eight-gate
nine-wine
ten-hen
13. Mark it up
14. Mark it down
15. Organize
16. Picture
17. Act
18. Produce
19. Test
Be an active reader;
interact with the text.
Take notes as you read.
Write it down to save your memory.
Physically writing something
down can help your memory.
Outline it!
Drawings and mind maps are effective memory tools, especially for visual learners.
Anytime you can engage in dual coding (using more than one channel, i.e. verbal and visual), you're more likely to reinforce your memory.
Put motions to
your memorizing.
Put things in your own words;
redeliver the lecture.
Teach something to
someone else.
Create a test and quiz yourself.
Word Associations
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