1. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!
Repetition is the easiest and most common way to put information into your memory. However, it is not as long-lasting as other types of memory devices.
2. Use rhyming and/or rhythm to help remember phrases.
Example: “I before e except after c and sounds like a in neighbor and weigh.” Make up your own verses for other important rules, like “Thirty days hath September, April, June and November; all the rest have 31 except February.”
3. Use imagery for remembering lists:
Example: To remember a shopping list that includes root beer, spaghetti, broccoli, potato chips, ice cream, and eggs, make a mental picture of a chicken laying an egg by the foot of a large broccoli tree with spaghetti for grass, ice cream clouds, a root beer stream, and a potato chip road. Who could forget a scene like that?
4. Try this for remembering matching items such as a state and its capital.
Find pairs of words that correspond to the letters that they start with. Like True/False will help you remember that Tallahassee is the capital of Florida. All/None for Albany/New York or Hot/Cold for Hartford/Connecticut.
5. To remember the meanings of words, look up the dictionary definition and then write your own definition in your own words. Using familiar language helps create a better connection. Example: “superfluous” according to Webster means “1. exceeding what is sufficient or necessary.” New definition: something extra or unnecessary.
6. To remember words in another language try labeling things in your home or room with stickers that say the name of that object in the other language. Example: “heladera” is refrigerator in Spanish, so label the fridge “heladera.” Because “le chien” means dog in French, put a “le chien” sticker on your dog’s collar.