Law of Association – We remember events or experiences that are associated with
other familiar things more than activities that are not associated with
anything. For instance, I remember my computer pass code because
it is the same as my wedding date.
Law of Images – Humans think in pictures or images. All our memories are recorded
as images. Most humans learn to recall things much easier when they
think in pictures or images.
Law of Recency – We are more able to recall from memory our recent experiences as
opposed to experiences that happened long ago. Not that the
experiences that happened long ago are not in our memory, but our
ability to recall them continues to diminish over time.
Law of Repetition – The more often we repeat or experience an activity, the more that
activity is registered in our long-term memory. For instance, you are
more likely to remember your best friends name and phone number
than your driver’s license number.
Law of Intensity – The more intense or vivid an experience is, the more likely we are to
remember it. I can remember where I was at and what I was doing
during the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion but not what happened
the day after.
1. The One-Bun Method – Have you heard the sayings, “one-bun”, ” two-shoe”,
“three-tree”, “four-door”, “five-hive”, “six-sticks”, “seven-heaven”, “eight-gate”, ninevine”,
“ten-hen.” The trick is to associate the second words, “bun, shoe, tree etc.”
with what you are trying to memorize.
2. The Story Method – Can you make up a wacky story? Then you have this
powerful memorization technique down cold! With this method you associate
what you are trying to memorize with elements of the story.
3. The Location Method – The Location Method is super simple but so powerful!
Imagine each element of what you are trying to memorize is in different rooms of
your house. All you have to do is think of a room and what you put in that room
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will automatically appear in your mind. Think of all the houses and rooms you
could use with this simple technique!
The Location Method is a fantastic way to lock-in important information because of the
many locations you have at your disposal.
working with difficult words like the names of the Greek gods, you should try to make
associations that rhyme.
4. The Body Parts Method – The Body Parts method is a potent memorization
technique because all your memory triggers are right where you are standing.
They are parts of YOUR body! This method associates the different parts of
your body with what you are trying to memorize (toes, feet, knees, hips, bottom,
back, tummy, chest, shoulders, neck, face and head). Try it. It’s super easy!
5. The Face Parts Method – Like the Body Parts Method, the Face Parts Method
uses the different parts of your face to associate with other images such as your
eyes, nose, mouth, ears, eyebrows, cheeks, chin, forehead and hair
Hint: When making associations try to use action. Action intensifies the image even
more. Swinging in the tree, trees blowing up, doors being shot up are all action images
that are intense and will be remembered easier than static images.
The great thing about the one-bun method is that it is short and easy to remember
because of the rhyming words. But you can use this method for long lists as well. The
key is to memorize peg images with numbers that go up to fifty or even a hundred.
Let’s practice putting some acronyms together. Assume you had to memorize some of
the following ideas in school:
Geology – Types of fossils, 1) Actual Remains, 2) Petrified, 3) Imprint and 4) Molds or
casts. Take the first letters of each word and when put together they form APIM. Now
lets reorganize these letters and make a word, or at least something that can be
strongly related to a word. How about PAIM, which sounds almost like the word “pain?”
Religion – The famous reformers, 1) John Wesley, 2) John Calvin, 3) Martin Luther, 4)
Ulrich Zwingli, 5) John Wycliffe. Take the first letters of each of the last names and put
them together to form, WCLZW. Not only does this not spell anything, it has no vowels
so it is impossible to form a sensible word. However, after we put a couple of vowels in
and reorganize the letters we come up with the word “CoWLaWZ.”
The Sentence Method is particularly helpful when you have to memorize things in a
particular order. The Sentence Method is also much easier to develop somewhat
logical phrases as compared to the Acronym Method.eg, Anatomy – Skeletal bones, 1) Vertebrae, 2) Humerus, 3) Radius, 4) Ulna, 5) Carpals, 6)
Femur, 7) Tibia, 8) Fibula and 9) Patella. Now we will try to make a sentence using the
words that start with the first letters of the names of each bone. “Victor Hugged Rats
Under the Carport the First Time Fred Panicked.”
Both the Acronym and Sentence Methods can be easy to develop and simple to
remember, however, they aren’t as flexible as the association memory techniques.
They don’t allow you to express images as well and humans think in images not words.
Nursery rhymes, Christmas songs and folk songs are great to use for the Sing-a-Long
Method. If you have trouble remembering the songs and their words go to
http://www.kididdles.com/ that has a goldmine of over 250 songs with words that you can
use as Peg Songs.
When doing rote memorization you need to understand that less is more. Studies have
shown that we will forget more, on the average, during the first hour after leaning than
during the next 24 hours; and we will forget more, on the average, during the first day
than we will during the next thirty days.To avoid this we should forget cramming or trying to memorize everything at once.
Reviewing periodically is more effective. We usually remember the first and last things
of what we read or what people say and the rest is lost before in a short time period.
Repetitions should be strung out over as long a time as possible.