Students are often called upon to memorize a lot of information. Some of this information falls into their short term memory and is used only for tests. Other types of information is needed to build a foundation for more advance classes, and thus needs to become a part of the students tool box for the long haul.
Memorization comes naturally for some people, but most of us have to work at it! These are some tips to help your student improve their memory!
1. Mnemonic Devices
These are tools to help you remember things in a series. You simply assign a word to the first letter of everything in a series in a way that makes sense to you. A famous mnemonic device is “Every Good Boy Does Fine” for remembering the lines on a treble clef. By linking something new with something funny or memorable you have a better chance at recalling the information when you need it! Get creative and make your mnemonic device something that is memborable to you!
Repeating something is a great way to commit it into memory. This works well for learning things that need to be quickly recalled, as if by instinct. Some people do well to repeat an item verbally over and over while others need to write it down until it becomes a part of their normal lexicon of knowledge. Find which works for you and you’ll be able to recall things quicker and with more accuracy!
3. Multiple Input Methods
People learn in all sorts of different ways. Some people need to hear something, some people need to see a visual and others need to get their hands into the action. If you combine these methods for assimilating information your ability to recall it improves. So look for ways that work for you and double up on them. You might write something down, read it out loud to others and look for visuals, like how-to videos or documentaries, to further cement it into your mind!
These are a few ways you can help memorize important pieces of information. What works for some will not work for all, so figure out what is best for you. Do you have additional memory tips?We’d love to hear them, so feel free to comment below!