In this video I would like to demonstrate five memory techniques you can use to help memorize lists, facts, and any other item for school and life. I will demonstrate each technique by memorizing the first 25 states of the United States.
In order to memorize the 25 states I will chunk the material, and memorize each chunk differently.
I will use the following 5 memory techniques.
- Create a sentence
- Create a mnemonic
- Create a graphic organizer
- Create a song
- Link the material with a story
I will first chunk the 20 states into 5 groups of 5 I will memorize them in alphabetical order.
I will create a sentence for the first 5 states based on images I have of each state.
This way I’m connecting new content to images I already have stored away.
On my trip to the United States, I saw Jimmy Buffet in Alabama, froze in Alaska, saw the desert of Arizona, after I saw Bill Clinton in Arkansas after staying at hotel California.
For the next five I will use a mnemonic device.
C C DE Flying Gator
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia
For the next five I will draw a picture to help me remember the next five states.
- An eye for Idaho,
- An ill person for Illinois
- A basketball goal for Indiana
- And an iou for Iowa
The pictures are just cues for name of the states which are,
Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa.
Next I will use a song to memorize the next five states.
I will use row row row your boat as my song.
The flat of Kansas, horses of Kentucky, gators of Louisiana, lobsters of Maine, merrily, merrily merrily down to Maryland.
Finally for the last five I will link the states with a story.
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
The anchor is a coffee shop.
A mass (Massachusetts) of people walked in the coffee shop and all had a MI on their shirt. They began (Michigan) to order a sota,( Minnesota) and had a sip ( Mississippi) and said it was sour.( Missouri)
Memorizing lists and material this way takes a little more time to set up your stories, but greatly improves recall. I also find it less boring.
I was able to recall 24 of the 25 states on my first attempt and all 25 on my second attempt.
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