4/15/08

Use Mnemonic Techniques to Improve Memory

Pronounced "ni-mon-ic.", mnemonic techniques are techniques used to aid memory. For example, "30 days hath September, April, June and November" is one of earliest mnemonic techniques we learnt as children.
Some of the common mnemonic techniques are:
1. ACRONYMS: You form acronyms by using each first letter from a group of words to form a new word.
2. SENTENCES/ACROSTICS: Like acronyms, you use the first letter of each word you are trying to remember.
3. RHYMES & SONGS: Rhythm, repetition, melody, and rhyme can all aid memory.
4. METHOD OF LOCI: This technique was used by ancient orators to remember speeches, and it combines the use of organization, visual memory, and association.
5. CHUNKING: This is a technique generally used when remembering numbers, although the idea can be used for remembering other things as well.
6. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: It may not be a mnemonic, but repeating is still a great memory aid.
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Interestingly, individuals sometimes create their own mnemonic techniques. Nevertheless, if it helps you to recollect, then it serve the purpose.
Which mnemonic technique do you use?
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