Gladys’ Helpful Hints with Memory


Connecting the word(s) or situation(s) to a person, place or experience that is familiar to you. Can be made up or realistic.


Imagining a scene that uses all the items you want to remember (exaggerated, realistic, humorous). Bright colors, and other sensory clues will help to make it more memorable.


Learning a series of numbers that mean nothing and turning those numbers into meaningful dates or prices. Learning a series of letters that mean nothing and turning those letters into meaningful abbreviations, initials of familiar people or real or nonsense words.

EX. Remembering a license plate number VPG 426






Substituting words from a familiar tune to the words you want to remember. Rhyme the words you want to remember.

EX. When did Columbus set sail on his venture to prove the world was round?

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”


Each letter of a real or nonsense words stands for something that you want to recall for a letter acronym. A sentence uses the first letter of each word to stand for the information to be recalled. Or sentence can use the first two letters of first vowels to remember the information.

EX. “I make up words or sentences to remind me of key phrases in my notes. From Foundations of Education, topic generalizations about American Education:

Offer optimsim about a better life
Everyone expansion
Raisins republic
Skittles social disorder
Licorice liberalism vs. conservatism in education
CeCe Pressly ’00

Other Bits of Hints:

  • Understand material thoroughly.
  • Go over information at “odd” times.
  • Study first the item you want to remember the longest.
  • Use graphs or diagrams, i.e. mapping (see note taking).
  • Make a list of key words explaining ideas or contents.
  • Say information out loud. (RECITE & REPEAT)
  • Use flashcards.
  • Learn from general to specific: Understand the broader overview before learning the details.
  • Reduce interference: create an appropriate atmosphere that is distraction free.
  • Be aware of your attitude: Being bored or disliking a subject interferes with learning. Notice them so you can unblock your memory.
  • Take study breaks and give yourself some mini rewards! Marathon studying is not effective. YOUR BRAIN NEEDS REST!
  • Combine memory techniques.