There are all sorts of tools to use when studying, but the trick is in finding ones that work for you. Studying is about converting information into meaningful and useful knowledge. What works for some people won’t always work for everyone, but one frequently used tool is the use of mnemonics. Mnemonic devices are memory tools. They can be easily adapted to a variety of subjects, but they are only helpful if you actually know how to use them!
Most people know about the mnemonic device of using an acronym. Specifically, that’s when a word is broken down into its letters and each one stands for a term or key fact. For instance, a common acronym used in texting these days, is, “LOL.” That’s actually an acronym for, “Laughing Out Loud.” Each letter becomes a symbol for another word. Acronyms are frequently used and memory tools, so if you’re not using those for studying, think of how often you use them for texting, and adapt the concept.
But let’s look at three other mnemonic devices that are equally simple to incorporate, but aren’t used as often.
The biggest problem with mnemonic devices is that students think they are too limited to a particular subject and they forget to use them. Be creative, and have fun with these. It will make studying more fun, engage the creative side of your brain, and your memory and study skills will sharpen and that’s what this is all about.