Study Smart:Brain Power!
Memory Magic: Remember What You Learn
Need to remember a name? Find something about that person's face, body, way of walking or talking and link it to their name. Here's an example - Mrs. Oxburg has big arms, strong like an ox, and white hair like an iceburg! Try using humor or exaggeration as part of the image. You'll remember something a whole lot longer if it's fun or funny or weird. - Jennifer U, 6th grade, Utah.
To Remember an Important Task
When you see these things, you'll remember what you were supposed to do! -- Brianna.m, 5th grade, California
Link it Up!
Got a fact you need to learn? Make a link between that fact and something you know really well. The sillier the better. Here's a sample: to learn the capitol of Raleigh, North Carolina, you might link - -- I'd love to play "Rally" (for Raleigh) 'round the flag in North Carolina. Kari.S, 14, Indiana
Making a rhyme out of information can help too. Here's
some I know.
Try to make up a joke or a story about a list of things you have to bring to class. If you have to bring a white shirt, sheet music folder and beanie baby collection to a band concert, you might make up a story about a ghost wearing a white shirt floating through the air, carrying a "sheet music folder" and swooping down to scare a little kid carrying their beanie baby collection in a basket. - Carolina.s, 7th grade, California
Create pictures to remember things. Trying to remember who discovered radium in a science exam? Imagine where you were sitting and what you were wearing the day you talked about radium. Then try to think of what country that scientist came from. What was their favorite food? Man? Woman? What language did they speak? Soon, your mind may cough up the picture of Marie Curie. - Whitney T., 8th grade, Nevada.
Lost and Found
Ever lose the keys to your house? Try to imagine what you were doing before you last saw your keys. Walk around your house using your mind. Imagine that it is morning and you are going through your routine. What do you see? Hear? Pick up? What were you doing when you last had those keys? Don't want to lose those keys again? Put them in the same spot every day. Then, pretend you are taking a mental picture of that spot. It'll be easier to call it to mind next time.-Marlena.p, 10th , California
Learn to group things together in a long list of things you must remember. Like think of all the things you need to brush your teeth. Sink, water, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, sink, mirror, wastebasket. You can also make groups of dates, famous people, you name it! --Marlena p., 10th, California
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
An old trick that works is to repeat what you want to remember over and over again. Repeat it out loud. Whisper it. Shout it. Repeat it in your mind. After about 40 times, you'll probably remember it. - Brigitte. V., 6th grade, Vermont.
Use Your Senses
Sight, sound, taste, smell and touch are powerful memory tools. Here's how you can use your senses to remember things!
Contributed by Carolina.s, 7th grade, California
Remember What You Read
-Contributed by Marlene Q, 9th grade
Remember What You Learn
-Contributed by Sheridan M, 10th grade
Work With a Friend
The Buddy system is the way to go on all studying. Well, at least for me. I remember studying for a HUGE exam on Algerbra. It was like in another language for me. So I called my friend Kristen and she came over and she REALLY help. And as it turned out I was able to help her study for an English exam. -- Liz.r
If you are struggling to learn your spelling or English, this is how you remember things. Say your word is : international Look at it. Write it on paper. Check it. Then ask one of your parents/sitters/brothers/uncles, etc. to test you. Repeat until you get it right. -- Karyn T., South Africa
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