How to Study Faster and Smarter - Mnemonics (Part Two)

Today we are going to introduce probably the most commonly known technique for memorization: mnemonics. Unlike rote memorization, the method of mnemonics works by associating what you are trying to memorize with something more meaningful and memorable. This can be done using many methods, as explained below: Read More

How to Study Faster and Smarter - Chain Method (Part Three)

Today in our memorization series we’ll be introducing the chain method. The chain method is technically a type of mnemonic system (which is why it is also often referred to as the mnemonic link system), but it is more abstract and requires a bit of creativity to create associations. In this method, a story, or running narrative, is used to create the associations for what you are trying to memorize. Read More

How to Study Faster and Smarter - Peg Method (Part Four)

In previous weeks, we introduced various methods of memorization such as rote memory, mnemonics, and the chain link method. Today we’ll be introducing a method especially useful for memorizing numerical lists and numbers: the peg method. Read More

How to Study Faster and Smarter - Major Method (Part Five)

If you recall from last week in the Rhyming Peg System and Shape Peg System, various objects are associated with number values to aid in memory recall through association. Similarly, in the Major System, instead of using rhyming words or using shapes, letters are used to represent the numbers: Read More

How to Study Faster and Smarter - Method of Loci (Part Six)

Today we’ll be exploring the last, and in my opinion, most powerful memory method in our series: the method of loci. This method is also commonly known as memory palace, journey method, or mind palace. The memory palace method was widely used in ancient Rome and Greece. As you can imagine, it was hard to come by paper and pen back then, and so if you wanted to learn something, you had to commit it to memory. Today, this popular method is used to achieve feats like memorizing the digits of pi or the order of shuffled cards in a deck. This method utilizes your spatial abilities, or visual memory. Read More