Class Activity: Mnemonic Techniques

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Have students practice using association, visualization, and flash cards to improve their memories. Ask them to try the following strategies with a week’s lessons from one of their courses:

 

  1. Close your eyes and "see" your notes or textbook assignments in action. Break you notes into chunks, and create a visual image for each chunk.
  2. Associate a chunk of information with something familiar. For example, if you want to remember that the word always usually signifies a wrong answer on multiple-choice or true/false quizzes, associate always with a concept such as "always wrong."
  3. Flash cards. Write a key word or phrase from the material on one side of a card, and put the details on the other side. An example might be as follows: Write the words "Ways to Remember" on one side; on the other side, write, "Go over it again. Use all senses. Organize it. Mnemonics."

 

After students have tried all three methods, ask which method worked best for them. Also, consider having students follow up with a writing reflection on their experience in which they identify which methods work best for them. 

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