Sometimes there are some things you need to remember – you know the boring facts that you simply aren’t interested in but are essential for your study. So how can you remember them? Here are some methods you can consider using.
Mnemonics or Acronyms - One method is to use prepared ‘memory jogs’ and these can be in the form of mnemonic devices and acronyms. Get your child if possible to make up their own, for example when I was studying German we used to recite FUDGEBOW, each letter standing for the 8 main prepositions. A common acronym used in biology is MRS GREN for the 7 characteristics of life (Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Growth, Reproduction, Excretion, Nutrition).
You do not need to be restricted by length – they can become entire sentences too. If you create a sentence then relate it to an image. By creating an image that your child can relate to and remember will increase recall and help make studying at least a little more fun. Maybe you can make this into a bit of a game to come up with the best mnemonic or acronym.
Rhymes or Songs – Another method is to use rhythm, repetition, melody or rhyme. For example did you learn the letters of the alphabet to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”? This method can be particularly good for those who can learn poems or songs easily.
Chunking - Another method is “chunking”. A common rule is that a person can remember 7 (plus or minus 2) "items" in short-term memory. When learning a telephone number you will find it easier if you break it into chunks, eg 76689322 is easier to remember if you break it up say as 76 68 93 22. Create less items in larger formats.
Repetition – Quite simply repeating something over and over again is a great aid to memorising. Break a list down into your chunks as above and then repeat. Perhaps run this like the gam “We’re going on a bear hunt ..” in this you add an item each time and repeat the previous items. Start with say 5 items in your list, when you can repeat these without prompting add another one to the list and so on.
Good luck with those exams!
Do you have any good mnemonics, acronyms, rhymes or ideas you can share with others now panicking about the exams?
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