Memory Strategies

  • Research shows that it takes about 15 to 25 minutes of practice over several days to successfully memorize and retain information.  By studying a little each night, you will be able to better remember information.

    Memory Strategies:

     

    Mind Map

    Organize mental maps from known information then fill in missing information (details, main ideas, categories/parts, diagram labels).

    Example:                                 

       

    Acronyms

    Let the first letter of each word represent the first letter of the words/list you wish to memorize.

    Example:      Huron

                         Ontario

                         Michigan

                         Erie

                         Superior

     

    Write It

    Write it repeatedly and say it aloud as you write.  Write it just before you go to sleep. 

     

    Visualization

    Create a mental image.  Rules:  make the image big, make the image weird, make the image move, add details. 

     

    Use the following link to try some memory games:

    http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chmemory.html