Memorization

Associate things you need to remember with something funny, obscene dramatic, or colorful, especially when this something is involved with one of those "series of images [that] flits across our mind. They may be connected to the material being read, or they may seem irrelevant. It doesn't matter; they are potentially valuable as spontaneous enforcers." (Brain Train)

  • Memorization for Kinesthetic learners: Identify objects in the room you're studying in with items you need to memorize. Walk around the room and pick up each object as you memorize the item. For example, picture a guy trying to pick up your bunk beds to help you memorize the definition of gravity.
  • Use your distractions: When you look up from reading to stare absently at something (hopefully while pondering a profound question raised by the text), or to listen absently to your music, take note of what you're looking at, or listening to, to help you recall what you're reading at that point. You can create visual or auditory memory triggers that way.
  • Use your senses to create memory triggers. i.e. Chew the same flavor of gum while you are studying and while you are taking your test. Wear the same perfume or cologne while studying and testing. Make sure that during the test you can replay (in your head) the music you listened to while studying
  • Mnemonics: Essential for you to create them for yourself.Keep them simple. Complicated mnemonics are harder to memorize than the original material itself.
  • Utilize ten-minute breaks in your day to review vocabulary for a foreign language or science course, or facts, data, or names from a history course, etc. After initially learning the (not excessively large amount of) material well once, five days of a ten minute review per day should thoroughly cement the material in your brain.

Memorization techniques

  • Figure out a reason to be interested.
  • Study first the material you want to remember the longest.
  • Learn everything from one chapter, or unit, at the same time. You'll have to recall it all together.
  • Diagram or draw out relationships
  • Flash cards
  • Lists (5 elements of ___________)
  • Acronyms (_____________)
  • Make it funny! Make a joke out of things to memorize-you'll remember!
  • Use your senses. Relate items to sense experience. Think about how badly something from biology would smell-or taste!
  • Study with a group