Writing Prompt 9/25/12 • What tricks do you use to remember things? • Come up with a memory “trick” that you think would work for each of the different learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
Mnemonics • General term for memory tool • Includes • The Link Method and Story Method – Remembering a Simple List • The Number/Rhyme Mnemonic – Remembering Ordered Lists • The Number/Shape Mnemonic – Remembering Ordered Lists • The Alphabet Technique – Remembering Middle Length Lists • The Journey System – Remembering Long Lists • The Roman Room System – Remembering Grouped Information • The Major System – Remembering Very Long Numbers From http://www.mindtools.com/memory.html
Link Method • Making simple associations between items in a list, linking them with a image containing the items. • Take the first image, create a connection between it and the next item • Then move on through the list linking each item with the next.
Story Method • Link items together with a memorable story featuring them. • The flow of the story and the strength of the images give you the cues for remembering. • Example: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTIM_01.htm
Link and Story Method • Pluses - Very simple to learn. • Negatives - slightly unreliable as it is easy to confuse the order of images or forget images from a sequence.
Number/Rhyme • Used for remembering ordered lists • Find a word to rhyme with each number • 1 – bun • 2 – shoe • 3 – tree • Uses the words to make up phrases to help you remember the list • Example: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTIM_02.htm
Memory Maps • This technique depends on visualizing a journey in which objects to be recalled are placed in familiar locations. • For example, suppose you had to remember such unrelated items as a tuba, ice skate, pen, walrus, coffee cup and airplane. • You can visualize a walk through the rooms of your house in which each item is placed in a different room. • Try It: Make a list of 15 items. Exchange it with your partner. Make a memory map for your partner’s list.
Associations • Make a connection between what you have to remember and something you already know • Try It: Write down a random 10 digit number. Give it to your partner. Develop an association for remembering the number and write down your “trick”.
Rhymes • Make up a rhyme that contains the words or information you need to recall • Examples: • 30 day has September, April, June, and November • Leaves of three leave it be • I before E except after C • Try It: Make a list of 10 words and give it to your partner. Spend five minutes coming up with a rhyme for the words.
Chunking Numbers • Taking a long list of numbers and breaking it into smaller pieces which are easier to remember • Ex: social security numbers, phone numbers • Try It: Write down a nine digit number for your partner and give it to them. Break your partner’s number into three parts.
Acronyms • The first letter stands for a different word • Examples: EPA, OMG, TTYL, ARR, ESL, LMS, SCUBA, NASA, ROY G. BIV