Memory is like a large warehouse or trunk where we keep our memories, recent and distant. Thanks to her we recognize and are familiar with everything around us (friends, family, objects, coins, bills), we organize our life and our activities: go to the doctor within X days; go find our grandson at school; We have a past: we know who we are, where we were born, what our ancestors were called, etc.
We still don’t fully know the mechanisms that regulate our memory, but we do know that there are factors that help reinforce memories or act as a switch to help us evoke certain information.
One of the factors that help to reinforce our memory is to practice and associate, it is about relating the contents to be studied with certain contexts already known, to memorize them better.
These types of techniques are known as mnemonics. In case you do not know them, we explain that a mnemonic rule consists of a short sentence, which is easy to memorize and that artificially helps to relate words that do not have much to do, this way it is easier to memorize.
These rules are used so that, especially students who must memorize a large amount of information, either at school or at university, increase not only their retention capacity, but their effectiveness is increased by a greater ease of obtaining information. retained in memory. The agility and speed with which memory arises increases, and this in turn affects the result sought by each person.
Here are 5 mnemonic rules that will help you improve your memory.
This trick mainly applies to learning vocabulary in other languages. It consists of linking the word that we want to learn to another that is phonetically similar to it in our language, even if it has nothing to do with it, and imagine a scene that associates it with the meaning of the word that we want to learn. to learn. to learn.
Example: Execute = Execute. Run is pronounced run. Imagine running alongside a frog.
Bill = Account or invoice. Imagine Buffalo Bill paying the bill.
This technique is useful when we have a list of words to remember, we can build a word with the initial of each one, in such a way that the new word reminds us how each name in the list begins.
In cases where the order of the list is not relevant, we can try various combinations until the keyword is easier to remember.
Places or loci method
It consists of associating each of the elements that we must memorize with places or spaces that are familiar to us (for example, the kitchen, or the route we take from home to school, etc.)
- Mercury: the saucepan has the color of Mercury
- Venus: the oil can looks like a statue of Venus
- Earth: I can’t cook with Earth’s dirty hands
- Mars: In the cold pan, the tomato is as red as Mars.
It is used to remember word lists in a specific order. What is done is to join two by two the words in order. The first with the second, the second with the third, etc. Once the names are paired, we can create a little story that allows us to put these words together.
For example, we should memorize the following in order:
The werewolf listened to the phone call and was a responder, but he stumbled and put his feet in the bucket of water, so he was enraged because his socks were wet.
It consists of concentrating, by means of a word or group of them, a meaning or content of a topic.
For example: MASPICHULA: Nemotechnics to learn the order of evolution of insects: Masticators, Choppers, Suckers and Lickers.
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