Memory Aids That Can Help You Memorize

By Meliora Consulting and Learning Academy - December 23, 2021
Memory Aids That Can Help You Memorize

Memory techniques have evolved in how they are used and learned by people over many centuries. We are all familiar with the term 'mnemonics,' which refers to the process of remembering information. We also know that mnemonics isn't the same as magic tricks, but it's classified as a memorization technique because of its proven effectiveness.

If you haven't realized it yet, a person's memory effectively functions in terms of connecting objects and information. But, of course, we must practice focusing on things and such, eventually associating or linking them with other information that allows us to remember what we need to remember.

Rhyming words is one method for remembering things quickly. How do you think we're able to carry on riddles and rhymes from our nursery years in school to our later years? Isn't it true that just reading this question makes you recall one or two nursery rhymes you've learned? This also explains how toddlers can cope with what they know in school at such a young age. This is also the reason why rhymes are commonly used as memory aids.

The use of initials or the first letter of the word is another effective memory technique. For example, you can make a word out of each first letter of a group of items. Do you remember ROY G. BIV? If you do, you'll notice that this isn't a person's name but rather the seven colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Have you noticed how quickly you recognized the initials? You're nodding now.

It is not necessary to always create a name from the initials of a group of items. You can create a word or anything else to help you recognize the words that correspond to objects. However, in some cases, the number of vowels may be insufficient compared to the number of consonants. Let us begin with the items pasta, rye, fish, cheese, and table. They look like this when they're all together: PRFCT. We can make it a word by inserting the letter E between the initials; in this case, we can read it as PERFECT. Of course, if you remember the word PERFECT, you'll quickly recognize which item represents which consonant. Simple? Yes.

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