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Tips for memorizing/remembering stuff for tests - November 10th 2014, 07:57 PM

I know this is probably a stupid thing to be posting about, but I am going to post this thread anyway as it may also help other people as well.

I'm currently a junior in college and you would think that by now I would know how to study for tests and all, but I know how to study for tests, it is just remembering it that is the big issue. I could start studying for a test a week before the actual test date, but when it comes time to take the test, I forget the information I studied for. I don't know if it is the way I am studying or other factors that could be contributing to this, but any help/tips would be much appreciated.




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Re: Tips for memorizing/remembering stuff for tests - November 10th 2014, 08:07 PM

I honestly can't remember shit unless it is in rhymes or a song. For my multiplication when I was learning my tutor told me this 8 and 8 went to the store to by a Nintendo 64. And that is how I remember it. I also remember how to spell Beautiful from god almighty from him saying b-e-a-u-tiful. I just have to make up songs and rhymes and then I can remember stuff I hope this helps a little.



   
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Re: Tips for memorizing/remembering stuff for tests - November 10th 2014, 09:53 PM

Oh no no, not a stupid question at all. There is an art and a science to memorization. It's unfortunate that sometimes all we can do to ace the exam is to memorize, rather than having all of the knowledge hard-wired in us.

When I need to memorize, I'll come up with acronyms. You know, like PEMDAS, HOMES, etc to remember orders or groups of things. Or, I'll create a silly song. I did that for a class where I had to memorize 100 dinosaurs. Ugh.



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Re: Tips for memorizing/remembering stuff for tests - November 10th 2014, 10:36 PM

It depends on how your school tests. Some schools still do memorization for test. Some schools are moving towards questions that are more application.

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Re: Tips for memorizing/remembering stuff for tests - November 10th 2014, 11:09 PM

Sometimes I honestly have to write the same notes over and over.
Or I will study with my mom or a friend so I hear it reinforced verbally.


   
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Re: Tips for memorizing/remembering stuff for tests - November 10th 2014, 11:20 PM

I like Frankie's idea of making something into a rhyme or a song. I know that when I had to memorize the location of things on a map (or the order of anything, really) I would take the first letter of each word and form it into a sentence.

This isn't necessarily to study, but I recently read to try spraying a perfume or something while studying and then spraying it before you go into class to take the test. I'm pretty sure that scent is fairly strong with the ability to bring flashbacks so that's how it jogs your memory.


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Re: Tips for memorizing/remembering stuff for tests - November 10th 2014, 11:26 PM

I agree with Frankie and Dez. I either rhyme things or write it all down (something just don't rhyme )
I use Cassie's perfume technique for every exam, it works


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Re: Tips for memorizing/remembering stuff for tests - November 11th 2014, 02:26 AM

If I have to memorize things I either write the notes over and over again and try to do it until I don't need to copy them.

I also will use name mnemonics. For example Pvt. Tim Hall I used this to memorize the essential amino acids in biology. (Phenylanine, Valine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Isolucine, Histidine, Arginine, Leucine, Lysine) My teacher looked at me funny when I would scribble it on the side of tests or mouth it when I was giving answers.

I find making up songs or rhymes help a lot as well, I will make up a song or rhyme about what I need to remember and then when the test comes around I will tap it out on my lap and it helps me remember.

Also, three years ago our Psych teacher showed us this video of Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development and it used the pegword mnemonic and I still remember it now. When we were quizzed on it throughout the last three years I would mentally go over it and it would help me remember the order and the information. It used ordinary household objects and chose an object that rhymed with the number/thing you were supposed to remember. Some of his examples didn't exactly help me, so when I was watching the video I made up some of my own. I will type them out as an example because I'm not sure if I am making sense.
  1. One is a bun (Trust vs. Mistrust) In the video he used a muffin so I remembered that he lied over the “bun” and used a muffin.
  2. Two is a shoe (Autonomy vs. Shame) A shoe goes on your foot which is part of your autonomy and if you are missing one shoe you will feel a lot of shame
  3. Three is a tree (Initiative vs. Guilt) Gia imagines the tree is her house and takes initiative in her activities but her mom discourages the playing which leads to Gia feeling guilty.
  4. Four is a dinosaur (Industry vs. Inferiority) There is a dinosaur covered in dust and he feels inferior to his playmates.
  5. Five is a skydiver (Identity vs. Role Confusion) A skydiver's chute doesn't open and he falls on top of a car denting it leaving him confused to his role in society.
  6. Six is sticks (Intimacy vs. Isolation) There is two sticks in love, and then one is all alone.
  7. Seven is heaven (Generativity vs. Stagnation) picture a generator up in heaven that died because it ran out of gas and a male deer (stag) pulling the cord to try to get it started again.
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Re: Tips for memorizing/remembering stuff for tests - November 12th 2014, 01:21 AM

Something great my college did was make us take this questionnaire (hopefully it will let you take it). It determines how you learn things the best.

Depending on what learning style suits you best, these articles list some ways you can study.

This is some things you can do to study if you are a visual learner.
This and this can help if you are an aural/auditory learner.
This can help if you're like me and have a read/write learning style.
Annnd this is if you are a kinesthetic learner.

If one study method from a different learning style seems like it might help then definitely try it. It's worth a shot.

I have a lot of trouble studying so I take a lot of notes and also use acronyms or rhymes. My favourite acronym I made for Math is super vulgar so I won't share it, but I remember it every time I need it. Anyway, I hope this helps in some way!


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