Mnemonic Study Strategies

My last post outlined various memory techniques, but I thought it might be helpful to provide more detailed information about the group of memory enhancers that are often referred to as “mnemonic study strategies”.  These memory strategies are most beneficial when information must be learned in a particular order (e.g. number sequences or lists).

When people think of mnemonic devices, they typically think of the ‘acronym’ approach, where the first letter of each word to be remembered is put together to create a word (e.g. Return On Investment = ROI).  However, there are a number of other mnemonic strategies that can be utilized to improve retention of information.

Watch this video for some great examples of mnemonic study strategies.

Show your kids this video and get them thinking about ways they can use mnemonic strategies to study more effectively!

For more memory-enhancing strategies, go to my post entitled Memory Techniques.

Memory Techniques

Let’s face it, we could all use a few memory techniques (I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve stood in a room and tried desperately to recall why I’m there)!

Many kids assume that, if they just read over their notes enough times, they will memorize the content and be able to regurgitate it for the test.  Unfortunately, this is not really the case.  Although memory does require some repetition, there are much more effective study techniques than simple rote memorization.  To really transfer the information from short to long-term memory, so that it can be retrieved when needed, a number of different methods can be used with much greater success.

The below memory tips and techniques are being provided to the medical and dental faculties at the University of Manitoba, but are applicable to anyone who wants to train their brain to remember things more effectively.

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Regardless of the age of your children, there are at least a few memory techniques that they could be using to study more effectively.  Start off with a couple of the more enjoyable ones first (e.g. creating silly songs and mnemonics), then go from there!

If you’re interested in teaching your children good study habits, you may also wish to read my post entitled How to study effectively.