Memorization Tips

Scriptorian uses principles of practice and repetition to help you retain what you learn. Although Scriptorian makes the task of memorizing easier (and even enjoyable!), additional techniques can accelerate the memorization process.

The following memory techniques are proven methods for remembering. They are only briefly introduced here, but more detailed information can be found by going to the links at the bottom of the page. However, when it comes to memorizing scriptures and the words of the prophets, perhaps the best "technique" is to prayerfully seek the help of the Holy Ghost (see John 14:26)

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Link Technique
When memorizing a verse that contains a "list of items", you may want to employ a linking memory technique to assist you in remembering. To link items together, you first associate each item with an image that is easy for you to remember (the crazier the better) and then associate each of the items in sequence. Usually the first thing that comes to mind is the best. For example, when memorizing the phrase in the 13th Article of Faith "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men...", you might picture Abraham Lincoln ("honest" Abe) painted blue ("true" blue) and then chased ("chaste") by men wearing Elk horns (B.P.O.E: "Benevolent" and Protective Order of Elks). The "Elks" stopped to give a Fur coat To Us (FurToUs = Virtuous), but we gave it to a cold homeless man ("doing good to all men"). The images in this phrase might not work for everyone, but the technique is very effective and easy to use.

"Peg" System
A peg system can be used to help remember and associate numbers with other items. This is particularly helpful when trying to remember the reference of a scripture. It is a very powerful technique, but it is not as easy to use as the link technique because it requires some learning in order to use. In a peg system, images are associated with numbers and then the images are in turn linked together using some form of the link technique described above. Creating a memorable association between each number and an image is the part that needs to be learned. Once this is done though, remembering numbers can become remarkably easy.

The Scriptorian Newsletter contains additional memory tips in each issue. Click here to check it out.

More Information
Detailed information about how to utilize the memory techniques mentioned above can be found at the following following sites*:

MindTools: Memory Techniques and Mnemonics
Kevin Jay North's Memory Page
101 Memorizer tool (for memorizing numbers)

*Note: SoftLore is not affiliated with the sites listed here. Providing this information is being done as a service and is not an endorsement.

 


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