Memoriztion Tips for College Students

Once you hit college, you will find yourself covering a lot of material quickly.   Exams require you to be able to recall course material quickly and effectively.  Don’t let this worry you.  You can learn to memorize materials with ease, making your college career a pleasure.  There are many ways to memorize facts like dates, events, or lists.  Every student has a learning style of his own.  Learn what your learning style is and you can determine which techniques are the most effective for you. 

Linguistic learners work well with words.  It helps to take notes in class. To reinforce the materials, organize and rewrite the notes as soon as you can. Use index cards to organize your key terms and points. Keep them with you everywhere and review your notes often. Stopped at a red light? Review your cards. Stuck in line at the department store? No problem, you have study cards to keep you busy. Frequent reviewing helps you lock the information in your memory.

If you are a visual/spatial learner you learn better with images.and visual markers.  Use bright colors and vivid images to help you organize your material. Create a mind-map or graph. Use symbols, diagrams and maps to help you recall information. Make a movie of the facts in your mind and review it often.

Auditory learners remember what they hear.  It this is you, you should review your notes by organizing and reading them into a recording device. Listen to the notes as you walk across campus; when you’re waiting for class to begin or when you are brushing your teeth and hair in the morning. Listen over and over again.

If you are a musical learner a tune will help you remember facts.   Sing your notes. It may sound crazy, but little ditties that review the facts may be floating through your brain as you ace that difficult history exam.

Kinesthetic learners memorize better with movement. Read or listen to your notes as you pace the room or go for a walk. Something about the bodily movement helps you create a memory.

A few tried a true methods have withstood the test of time. You can use them together with the tips written above.

A) Chunk the material to be learned into little sections and concentrate on one section at a time

B) Mnemonic devices: Find an acronym that works for your information and memorize it much like you did HOMES to remember the names of the seven Great Lakes.

C) Sentence acrostics: Write the steps to an answer. Take the first letter of each step and create a sentence from the order of the letters, like PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally). When you are ready to take the test, write the first letter from each word of the sentence down and then add the steps.

D) Mind-mapping: Create a mind map from the material you need to memorize. To learn how, check out click here.

F) Flash cards: Use 3 X 5 cards. Write a question or word on one side. Put the answer on the other side so you can quiz yourself.

G) Study with a partner.

To enhance your learning further, get plenty of rest, eat a healthy meal and study in an environment that is optimal to your learning. Good health and steady concentration will help you be successful as you memorize materials for college.