How to Improve Your Memory
Mind Tool's site on memory techniques and mnemonics will help you apply the concepts taught in this chapter to improve your own memory. This site reviews the underlying principles of effective mnemonic systems, then introduces several specific mnemonics and applies them to the remembering of names, dates, telephone numbers, and so on. Of special interest to you will be the section "Using mnemonics for exams." The “How to Improve Your Memory” tutorial site also contains many helpful hints.
Visit these sites and then prepare answers to the following:
1. What three fundamental principles underlie the use of mnemonics?
The three fundamental principles underlying the use of mnemonics are imagination, association and location. Working together, one can use these principles to generate powerful mnemonic systems.
Imagination is what you use to create and strengthen the associations needed to create effective mnemonics. The more strongly you imagine and visualize a situation, the more effectively it will stick in your mind for later recall.
Association is the method by which you link a thing to be remembered to a way of remembering it.
Location gives you two things: a coherent context into which you can place information so that it hangs together, and a way of separating one mnemonic from another.
2. Describe three specific mnemonic techniques that are not described in the text.
1) The Major Memory System is one of the most powerful memory systems available. The system works by converting number sequences into nouns, nouns into images, and linking images into sequences. These sequences can be very complex and detailed.
2) The Alphabet Technique is a memory technique that's useful for remembering long lists of items – in a specific order, so that you know when items are missing. With the Alphabet Technique, you associate colorful mental images representing letters of the alphabet with the items that you want to remember, by...