How to Become a Memorization Master
How To Become a Memorization Master
As a high school student, it is nearly impossible to succeed without having the crucial skill of memorization. Most tests require students to retain and regurgitate information, but a large majority of people get intimidated by the sheer amount of information that has to be memorized in a short time frame. Well never fear, as after reading this short guide to mastering the art of memorization, you will be acing those tests in no time.
Tip 1: Distractions are your Best Friend
How it works is that you pick the information that you have to memorize, read it through once, and then get up and do a physical activity like throwing darts, flipping water bottles, or playing “keep up” with a balloon. Do this activity while repeating the information out loud a few times. Within no time, you will have the information locked in your head. Now, you can use any distraction that gets you to use minimal mental effort while using physical movements (this still means no electronics) but the above are just the ones I have always been using.
Tip 2: Mnemonics
This tip is specifically for remembering a list of key points. How it works is that that you can either use the first letter of each word of each key point to form a new sentence or just use the first word of each key point to form a new sentence. Then, if you remember this sentence during the test, you will have no problem making sure you wrote down all the points needed. For example, a mnemonic for the order of the planets is: Mel’s Very Excited Mom Just Served Us Nachos. This stands for, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. If you don’t want to spend your time actually making a mnemonic, you can also just search up a mnemonic generator and it will make one for you. Using Mnemonics
Tip 3: Imaginary Friend
How it works is that you imagine you are talking to your friend. Once you have read through the information and are sure you understand everything, “look” at your friend and begin explaining the concept to them as if they are actually there. If you can successfully explain the entire concept without having to refer back to your notes, you have memorized the information. This also works well with a real person, but that’s entirely up to you.
Tip 4: Flashcards
This is one of the best techniques for remembering a lot of definitions and concepts. How it works is that you write the name of the concept or pose a question on one side of a note card and write the answer on the other. This helps reinforce those concepts as the flashcards mimic possible test questions and you can sort them into the answers you are having difficulty with and those you are confident in. A great website to use is Quizlet.com where you can make and share flashcards to others! Complete Guide to Flashcards
These memorization techniques have shown significant improvements to my grades as I have been able to consistently make honor roll with a high ninety average, while having enough time to have fun and enough sleep. Now that you’ve read this article, use these techniques on your next test and become a memorization master!
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