Wednesday, January 5, 2011

how to be a better memorizer

That is a bad title for this post because it implies I am good at memorizing. I'm not. I do it because I have to and this is now what I spend the majority of my time doing. I've pinpointed lack of memorization as my weakness last time, and I've determined for myself that I need to get good at this if I want to pass this exam, so I did some research, figured out what works for me, and I am currently in the midst of trying to be a good memorizer. Sometimes I want to explode in a rant (or a angry dance) from the frustration and boredom, but I keep plugging away. These are some of the things I've been doing to develop my memorization abilities.

1. FLASHCARDS: but not just any flashcards. The problem with flash cards is that it takes so long to make them and they are super cumbersome to carry around. Which is why I was so happy to find a couple of sites that actually store a database of flashcards. Some of them are good, some of them are not so good, but you sort through them and utilize the good. Websites like FlashcardDB and Flashcard Exchange have a wide variety of subjects made into online flashcards. Flaschard Exchange is linked to an iPhone app called, Mental Case, which downloads the information onto your phone and makes it even more convenient to study. It cost $4.99, but compared to how much pre-made flashcards are, it's totally worth it!

2. When I've learned a particular topic, I teach it aloud to either K or my sister or anyone else willing to listen. Having to teach the information without looking at my notes forces me to recall the things that I do know, organize it, and explain it. This process makes it stick in my head.

3. If there is a short phrase that I have trouble remembering, I repeat it for as many times as I can stand. Anywhere from 25-50 times. Sometimes I say it while stomping around, sometimes I say it while I'm setting a volleyball, and sometimes I say it while tapping my finger on different parts of my body.

4. In order to supplement the visual learning process, I draw. For example, when I have to memorize elements of crime, I pick something that has that same number of things (5 family members, 6 rooms in the house, 7 colors in the rainbow, etc.) and assign the elements to the visual representation of something that I am familiar with. Case in point here:

5. I am also being friendly and kind to my brain. Certain foods, exercise, and attitude all affect how much the mind can absorb, so I try to keep all those in check. See more about that here.

Hopefully this brings success. Back to memorizing!


  1. What a lovely post! That's also my weakness, and this method of memorization is a reminder that no matter amount is too big and really helpful not to feel overwhelmed with life's responsibilities!

  2. i can't believei missed this one. hilarious