1) Try to use
one word to
help you learn multiple facts. I use http://www.onelook.com
to make words where the first letter represents the first letter of the
word in the list I want to remember, BUT also the second and also the
seventh letters (every two letters) of the word represents some other
fact like a year, a final score (in a sports team), etc. To remember
long lists of facts, I generally use this 3 letter scheme because it is
sometimes difficult to find a good word if you use 4 letters or space
the letters closer togehter or further apart.
use adjectives when choosing your words because they they will
always give you a 100% chance of building a story to support them,
especially if you want to remember long lists.
3) Of course,
adjective wisely so that it has some meaning to the element you are
trying to remember in your list.
your list have some kind of theme (too difficult to remember a
random fantasy story for example). For example, in my chemical elements
list, the theme of the story is between primitive peoples and the
technically advanced (Germans).
you invent acrostics to help remember a word, also do yourself the
favor of taking the time to create one image (not a story) in your mind
that sums up all the words in your acrostic. For example, to remember
the chinese character qing1 (first tone) 清, I choose: (Quench Immature
Naked Guaranteed) as my acrostic. Then I imagine it raining (the three
dot water radical) on a young women (the second half of the radical
"sheng" (to birth) above yue (moon)). Next, I imagine her naked (please
pardon my choice of words, as qing1 does mean "clean or pure").
Finally, I imagine men crawling on their hands and knees with blinded
eyes holding up wads of cash guaranteed). I know that this is very
vivid, but the more vivid the picture, the better you''ll remember it
and what it represents. Also, the more facts you can remember (the
blind men signify they came regardless of circumstance=guaranteed).
Also, the last word "Guarantee" represents the tone of the word, which
is the first. Chinese (Mandarin) has 4 tones. The first tone is the
only one unchanging, so I use a word synonymous with that. I always use
the 4th letter in the Chinese acrostics to help me remember the tone.
So my one acrostic can help me remember the meaning, the tone and most
importantly in Chinese (how to write the character!).
letters mean what in the
acrostic of your list, always be consistent in what they mean,
otherwise, you will have to rewrite the entire thing. Also, if the list
is very long, and many words begin with the same letter, try to find
words where the first two or three letters are the same as the word you
are trying to remember or at least closer to it. For example, yearly is
closer to ytterbium, and yelping is closer to yttrium (in the
7) Use this
numbering system to remember dates. The 12 numbers are associated with
the 12 months (1=January). The first 3 letters are chosen as the most
frequently used because they represent days in the month 1-31. The days
of the week are numbered as 3-9 because you don't want to get confused
between normal dates and dates like Thanksgiving (4th THURSDAY of
November). I represent Thanksgiving as "DECLUTCHED" (let go of it=to
give to others). D=4, L=6=THURSDAY, C=11=NOVEMBER. (*I put 2 spaces
between the letters as a general rule). The words in italics
next to the numbers are mnemonics to help you remember them (1=all).
For a complete list of US and Chinese holidays, using this method,
please download LFQ's US and Chinese Calendar...
9) Chinese Tones: Words synonymous
with the 4 Chinese tones:
1. a) one, b) certain c) flat, d) level, e) unchanging
2. a) difficult, b) good, d) increasing e) slow, f) up g) begin
3. a) changing, b)many, c) uncertain d) various
4. a) down b) easy c) fast e) worse f) end
to one resource, the best
way to get short term memory inputted into your permanent memory is to
review what you have learned:
1. 10 minutes after studying
2. one day after studying
3. one week after studying
4. one month after studying
5. AND FINALLY, 6 months after
To help myself, and you keep a
record of when you should review, I have
made an Excel document. All you need to do is input the information
into the "Learned/Review in 10 Mintues" Tab and, Excel will
automatically update your calendar. To expand the calendar, just copy
one cell and paste it in any number of cells further down in whichever
column you are working with (Review Tomorrow, Review Next Week, Review
Next Month, and Review in 6 Months). **I did not include a separate tab
to remember to review something in 10 minutes because of course, you
will remember that at the time you learn.
click here for download:
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