1. To memorize lists, use acronyms. For instance, to remember the names of the Great Lakes, think of HOMES: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. NEVER EAT SOUR WATERMELON will help you remember the four directions: north, east, south, west. ROY G. BIV will help you remember the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
2. To memorize long numbers, divide them. Divide them into a series of smaller numbers and try to crate associations for that number. For instance, 183,332,310 becomes 18 (the “legal” age), 333 (3 three’s!), 23 (Ryne Sandberg’s #), and 10 (your curfew?).
3. To remember dates, associate them. Associate them with dates you already know. For instance, November 30th might be four days after your birthday; November 25 is Christmas Day except a month earlier. The year 1519 can be remembered as the ages of two people you know. (of course, this will only work for a year!)
More GG Memorizing Tips →
~ Rhyme it!! “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.”
~ Speak it!! To memorize my Human Anatomy notes back in college, I used to read them aloud. It worked – I earned some of the highest scores in the class (and the class was full of pre-meds!)
~ Hear it!! Record yourself reading your notes and listen to them before you go to sleep.
~ Type it!! Type all your notes on your smart phone or computer. Just typing will cause you to think about them, and you’ll remember the material longer.
~ Post it!! Put everything on Post-It notes and stick them where you’ll see them ALL the time.