Memory management for students

Memory management for students

The first difficult thing for any students is how to remember each and everything easily? As a student, we get to learn a lot on a day and day by day the student’s learning grows by leaps and bound. However, in this process of learning, we learn something and forget some that after some time if not revised again and again. Such type of learning will not bear juicy fruits for you in the future. If you want to remember everything, you need to develop some technique of memorization. 

Most of us are unaware of the ancient and logical techniques that boost our remembrance power. These techniques are not difficult to understand but require constant practice. These techniques are practiced continuously so that they can become an inseparable part of our learning. These techniques increase our abilities exceptionally. To start with, I am here apprising you about some of the basic memory techniques used in high schools. Slowly, we will head towards the advanced techniques. 

Let us discuss the first five memory techniques:

1. Memorize with Acronyms:

How do you memorize the colors of the spectrum or rainbow? Is it easy to memorize all the colors of different things by name? Maybe, for some time you will be able to remember them all, but after some months or years, you will forget all. So the best way to memorize a group of words is to take the first letter of each word and then create a new word. Try to make the new word as catchy as possible so that you can remember it for long. This technique is primarily used in the elementary schools. 

So if you are learning and memorizing the colors of the rainbow, i.e., Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red. You can use the first character of each color name and remember them as VIBGYOR. I used to remember it like this and still after so many years I remember the colors of the rainbow. Method of solving mathematical expressions was learned as BODMAS (Bracket, Orders, Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction).

2. Memorize with Rhyme-Keys:

This technique is used if you need to remember some number list in precisely the similar order. Suppose, you need to remember four things in order.

 1  -- Soap

 2  -- Bread

 3  -- Toothbrush

 4  -- Pencil

So, how you will remember this for long in the same order, never interchanged? Well, make a rhyme with the help of the words in the sequence. 

Soap in the Bag, 

Bread and butter, 

Toothbrush in the bathroom

And Pencil and Eraser on my study desk 

This association of one word with the other in the Rhyme, let’s you to remember the things for long. This concept can be applied in your studies. 

3. Memorize with Acrostic:

This method is similar to memorize with acronyms. However, in this method, each first letter of the word is again turned into a new word to form a funny or cute sentence. One famous example of this is the way teachers explain the method of learning planets in a proper sequence. 

Mercury   My

Venus    Very

Earth    Intelligent

Mars   Mother

Jupiter   Just 

Saturn   Served 

Uranus   Us

Neptune  Nine

Pluto   Pickles

So the sentence formation for the nine planets is ‘My very intelligent mother just served us nine pickles.’ So whenever you remember this sentence, you easily remember all the nine planets in their particular sequence. 

4. Memorizing with the method of Loci:

This method uses object and location association to memorize things. This technique uses visualization power of the student.  E.g., you need to remember five objects in a sequence of Notes, Puppy, Milk, Nuts, and Blanket. Now visualize that Notes are in your Computer room, Milk is in your kitchen, Your puppy is eating nuts in the living room, and Blanket is in your room. This method is useful for those students who have good visualization power. If you remember a map, you can associate the objects with your known countries. This method is not used very widely, but it is good. 

5. Memorizing with Detailing: 

People who are good at remembering the details of a particular project usually find this technique helpful. It is good for all the students to observe the daily objects very well. If you are good at this, detailing may prove very beneficial to you.

In detailing process, people associate all the details of any project or subject to the details of an object. E.g., if you want to remember some objects with a cow, you can do so. How? Suppose the projects are laptop, mouse, fan, blanket, chair, and table. Now you can imagine that the laptop is balanced on the horns of the cow, and a mouse is sitting near her front leg. There is a fan below the stomach of the cow, and her hum is covered with a blanket. A cow is throwing the table away with her back legs, and the chair is tied to the tail of the cow. 

After reading this, I am sure that you will be able to tell me what the objects were. These are just the five great techniques which help in super memory management. There are much more like sleeping, handwriting, flashcards, mind map, etc. We will learn about them in detail later. First of all practice these techniques to balance your mind and memory.