We have talked a lot about different techniques that help us to better memorize and optimize our time and effort in the study, which before a test can be crucial.
In a broad sense, we could consider mnemonics everything that helps us remember something.
For example, changing a finger ring or making a knot in the scarf, when it was customary to carry a fabric scarf in your pocket, could be considered a mnemonic, since it serves to remind us that we have something pending.
However, the word mnemonic is often used to refer to that set of more or less elaborate memorization techniques that teach us to memorize quickly and efficiently.
In a previous publication we studied some of the most used mnemonic techniques, this time we will mention the advantage of using them for memorization, with the aim of making the world of memorization strategies applied to the study a little more known:
Save time by memorizing
When we properly use a memorization method, we considerably reduce the time we need to consolidate a specific learning, during the study session. This means that after the session we will be able to more easily and accurately remember a specific material or a series of data (especially if we are talking about pure data).
Memorize better in the long run
Thanks to the mental elaboration we carry out on the data we memorize when we use mnemonics, not only will we remember better what was studied at the end of the study session, but we will also keep this content in our minds for much longer. .
We know that without repetition, specific content that has been read only once can quickly disappear and be completely forgotten in just a few hours or days. However, when we use mental images, associations, or other memorization strategies, we can save a material, read it only once, for many more days, or even weeks, without doing any kind of revision.
Reduces the need for revisions
In line with what we mentioned in the previous point, if we study without any method, we will need many more revisions and we will probably end up forgetting what we learned shortly after the exam.
On the contrary, when we use a good technique to memorize properly, we can allow ourselves to carry out strategic reviews much less frequently, and we will consolidate learning with greater ease and depth, being able to permanently engrave it in our brain.
Avoid the “mind blank” effect
One of the great enemies of a student is the “blank mind” effect, which can totally annul us in an exam, generating the feeling that at that moment we cannot remember anything, and that any attempt or effort to remember is useless. Basically we have the feeling of not knowing anything or not being able to remember anything.
One of the advantages of using mnemonics is that our minds relate concepts to each other, and also the method itself provides us with many facilities to retrieve information. In this way, it is as if the information is tied to a rope from which we can pull and retrieve the information memorized in the past with greater ease and less mental effort.
As with typing, learn to be faster and more efficient with the keyboard, with mnemonics learn to be faster and more efficient by memorizing any type of data.
Whoever dominates mnemonics seems to have a great memory, but it is not so; what you have is the knowledge of how to memorize.
School of Memory we are used to seeing how our students exponentially improve their performance, after taking one of our online courses, in which, in addition to memorization techniques, we address other topics such as organization, time management, strategies Study … We believe that the technique is a fundamental part to be effective in the study.