Quick Tricks for Memorizing,
The last time I had to memorize something quickly was when I had to give a presentation on quantum physics in a science class. The only problem was that I was a humanities student with no real background or understanding of physics, let alone quantum physics. But I had a script all prepared, all I had to do was memorize it and then spew it back in front of the class. What let me do it, big science-sounding words and all, was a trick one of my friends had taught me, and you can learn it too. First, build yourself a memory house or path. Then imagine you are physically putting an object in that house or seeing something on a trail, and tie a memory to that object. When you need to recall it, go back to that room in the memory house or walk down the memory trail. It sounds like something your hippie Aunt Jen would tell you right after she mentioned the phrase “crystal healing,” but it really works wonders.
Another good one, if perhaps more annoying, is turning what you need to remember into a song. I will always remember the 50 states because my 3rd grade teacher pounded it into my head. For a chemistry test I memorized the most common polyatomic ions by crafting a beautiful (terrible) song to the tune of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Just make sure you don’t recite it audibly in the middle of a test or something.
There is always the classic “write it out 50 times” method of memorization. However you will want to be sure to take a half hour break and then try writing it out again to see if you are actually making progress. Also continue using any methods that are currently working well for you already.. If you do further research on this subject, make sure to take anything that mentions the different “auditory/visual/tactile” learning styles with a grain of salt as they have yet to be proved methods. Learn more at www.tutoringclub.com.
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