Building Your Memory Skills
Here are some hints to help you remember material as you study and when you review for a test.
1. Get interested in the topic. Try to relate it to something in your own life.
2. Intend to remember the material. Tell your brain that it should hold on to what you are learning.
3. Decide ahead of time what is most important. No one can remember everything. Spend your efforts on what you really need to know.
4. Relate the material to something you already know.
5. Organize the material in a way that will make it easier to learn. For example, remembering a series of events is easier if you put them in chronological order.
6. Recite out loud and/or write down the points you want to remember.
7. Make a mental picture of what needs to be remembered.
8. Use mnemonics when you have to remember a list. Using the first letter of each item, create a phrase that you will remember. A common mnemonic used in algebra is "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally". This stands for the order of operations: Parentheses, Exponent, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.
9. Review material immediately after class. This helps set the new knowledge.
10. Use frequent, shorter study sessions, of 45 minutes to an hour, rather than one four hour stretch.
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