Our teachers probably taught us some tricks to memorize lists, orders, and the proper spelling of words.
You may remember some of them, but aren't really familiar with the proper name of the learning method.
It's known as mnemonics.
This is a technique that uses things like rhymes, sentences, and letter groupings to help someone easily memorize whatever they need.
Here is a good example of a mnemonic that may help illustrate the concept a little more clearly.
Anyone who resides on the southeast coast of the United States can tell you that hurricane season is during the summer, officially June 1 to November 30.
Natives of the region know that the real danger period for hurricanes is August and September.
The mnemonic used by locals to remember the most active months of the hurricane season is as follows: June too soon, July stand by, August upon us, September remember, October all over.
Meteorologists cringe at the laid back attitude locals take regarding the danger of the storms, but the statistics back up the mnemonic.
Before data can be stored as a memory, it has to first be uploaded to your brain by way of your senses, then analyzed, and finally categorized and stored.
This newly acquired information is then used to frame our perception of our complex physical environment.
The information is put into your memory for later use when needed.
This is how it works.
Whenever you hear the someone say "winter," what immediately comes to mind? Possibly the following words, cold, snow, Christmas, sledding, and many more.
Mnemonics help you to remember lists and orders using almost the same type of word association.
Another type of mnemonic is known as an acronym.
A common acronym that you're probably familiar with is USAF, or United States Air Force.
Many acronyms just end up becoming a word after being used so often.
There are lots of mnemonics out there that improve our memory by helping us with the spelling of difficult or similar words.
Many people have a hard time remembering how to spell "desert," as in Mojave Desert, confusing the spelling of "dessert," like apple pie.
The sticking point is the number of times the letter "s" appears, one in desert, two in dessert.
Just remember that the sweeter one has "Two Sugars.
" Next time you have to remember something like this, try assembling your own mnemonic, and you'll find that the more silly it sounds, the easier it will be to remember.
Go ahead and be as funny and crazy as you want to make it that much more memorable.
Believe it or not, coming up with new mnemonics can be quite entertaining! The method of using mnemonics is particularly useful for memorizing complex lists or information.
The "desert" spelling example is a simple one, but you will find that the more difficult the information is to remember, the more effective you will find it is to memorize with mnemonics.
Increased use of the mnemonics technique will benefit you by making it easier and easier to come up with new ones when you need them.
It is one of the best tricks out there that improve memory with little effort or training.