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Memorizing lots of numbers. - January 19th 2019, 07:11 PM

I'm currently taking a class that trains future healh inspectors.
For part of it, I have to remember the proper times and temperatures for things like heating and cooling.
Give me names of foodborne illness pathogens? I'm good with that. But number things like time and temp? Oh god, I'm bad with numbers.


How do you suggest I memorize these?


   
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Re: Memorizing lots of numbers. - January 19th 2019, 09:51 PM

Maybe make a chart? Print pictures of the things and put the times and temperatures next to them and then put it up somewhere that you'll see it a lot, so you can associate visual cues with the numbers that don't make sense otherwise.


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Re: Memorizing lots of numbers. - January 19th 2019, 11:26 PM

Hmm.

How do you usually like to study? I'm very auditory, so saying things aloud tends to help me. If you're more visually-oriented, a chart like Kate suggested could be a great idea! My visual memory is abysmal so I usually stick to things like repetition and mneumonics (don't know how well that works with numbers). Even writing a silly song to help you remember them could work. I use all kinds of different techniques to memorize stuff for school.

Going with a more visual technique, you could also color-code them to differentiate them from one another and help you remember them better.

Ironically, I have dyscalculia, but I can actually memorize numbers well, especially strings of the numbers. I have my current license plate, my former license plate, and multiple family member's license plates memorized. So apparently I can do that - I'm just lousy at calculating them. Who knows? It's weird.
   
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Re: Memorizing lots of numbers. - January 19th 2019, 11:38 PM

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I guess it would be considered auditory, but what I normally do to remember terms is sit down with someone like my mom and have her question me on it. So I'm saying it out loud but also talking it out with another person.


Your memorization skill is awesome too! I remember the last three of my parents' license plates, but not the first.


   
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Re: Memorizing lots of numbers. - January 20th 2019, 02:53 PM

Perhaps you can record yourself saying the temperatures and then after listening to it back a few times, try pausing it and guessing the answer? Or do flashcards with say the food on one side and the times and temperatures on the other?

I like the chart idea as well. For me, I'm really boring so I would just take one item at a time, and write it out over and over again until it sticks in my mind and then move onto the next one. Although I admit it can sometimes get confusing


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Re: Memorizing lots of numbers. - January 20th 2019, 06:10 PM

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This is a really fantastic idea! I didn't think of using this method for numbers, but it could totally work. I've done this before, but only with French presentations. (It helps me memorize what I'm saying as well as identify issues with my pronunciation.) I'm totally going to start using this in other subjects too! It was extremely effective for French.

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Re: Memorizing lots of numbers. - January 22nd 2019, 06:56 AM

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This is a really fantastic idea! I didn't think of using this method for numbers, but it could totally work. I've done this before, but only with French presentations. (It helps me memorize what I'm saying as well as identify issues with my pronunciation.) I'm totally going to start using this in other subjects too! It was extremely effective for French.
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Re: Memorizing lots of numbers. - February 5th 2019, 11:47 PM

I am a little late to the party but I wanted to post anyway. I am memorizing a lot of numbers and other weird, kind of unnatural stuff to memorize for Chemistry.

For me it helps to make flashcards and flip through them. I had to memorize some metric conversions and I used mnemonics for that too. If you like auditory studying you could try to make a song to remember and then you can sing it to yourself. Do you ever use Quizlet? One of my instructors used it last semester and I really enjoyed using it.

You can write it out over and over again to get it into your head and even if someone isn't around you can say it out loud to yourself. If you do sit down with your mom some more you can also act as if you're teaching it to her so you can say it out loud. They used to assign us each a chapter and have us teach/lecture to the class on it. I don't miss that.


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