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Interested in becoming more efficient and effective in learning and recalling information? Whether you're in elementary school, graduate school or everyday life, using these mnemonic (pronounced ni-mahn-ik) strategies—think of them as very effective
Multiple research studies have demonstrated that using the keyword mnemonic method improves learning and recall, especially in the area of foreign languages.
Here's how this works. First, you choose a keyword that somehow cues you to think of the foreign word. Then, you imagine that keywor...
Chunking information is a mnemonic strategy that works by organizing information into more easily learned groups, phrases, words or numbers.
For example, memorizing the following number: 47895328463 will likely take a fair amount of effort. However, if it is chunked like this: 4789 532 846...
Acronyms and acrostics are typically the most familiar type of mnemonic strategies.
Acronyms use a simple formula of a letter to represent each word or phrase that needs to be remembered.
An acrostic uses the same concept as the acronym except that instead of forming a new "word," it ...
"Hey diddle diddle. The cat and the fiddle..." Can you finish the rest of this nursery rhyme?
The ability to memorize and remember nursery rhymes is often due in part to repetition and in part to rhyming. Rhyming words can be used as a mnemonic to help us learn and recall information.
One mnemonic strategy that helps encode new information is to connect it with something else that you already are familiar with or know. This gives it meaning and makes it easier to remember. Making connections is a type of elaborative rehearsal and can be applied to almost any subject or type of...
The method of loci (pronounced low-sigh) is arguably the earliest identified mnemonic in history.
In the method of loci, the learner visualizes a room or a familiar path through a building and mentally associates facts or information with specific locations or objects along the way. In or...
The peg method is an especially useful mnemonic for remembering sequenced information. If first requires that you memorize the following list in help you order the facts:
The mnemonic linking method consists of developing a story or image that connects together pieces of information you need to remember. Each item leads you to recall the next item.
For example, imagine that you need to remember to bring the following things with you to school in the morning:...
Using mnemonic memory strategies can give you that boost in your memory that we all need, and it can improve your efficiency in learning as well. Keep in mind that you may need to practice a few of these strategies before they come easily, but once you have them down, they should clearly benefit ...
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