Memorable Media and Mnemonics

When the media is the message, you want to make sure that you remember it no matter how it is delivered – by text, by image, by symbol. As you inch closer to those exams, it is important to think more closely about how you can use mnemonics on exam day. These techniques cover primary non-linear devices proven to align with the way brains function to provide optimum recall ability – an absolute must if you are going to ace those exams!

Before breaking down some of the best mnemonic techniques, let's just quickly review why the linear techniques that are often drilled into us in school are really ineffective. While we already know they are boring and feel like torture, what you may not know is that these rote devices do not mesh well with the human brain so that repetition techniques simply put our brain into a comatose state of disinterest. Researchers have actually proved this to be true!

In actual fact, our brains learn through association wherein our memories are put into a sequence along pathways in the brain and become much like an ordered system of topics and subtopics. This where those aforementioned techniques come into play with people individually being drawn to certain learning processes where some like doing while others like saying, hearing, or seeing. To get these techniques down, it is important to practice them repeatedly so that you essentially learn how to learn in a style that is akin to how your individual brain processes and stores information. Don't worry – you will get a sense of which learning technique you like because you will feel comfortable with it and you will catch on pretty fast.

These mnemonic techniques are very much associated with the idea of media because they involve more of the senses to deepen the connection to the information:

In order to code the information necessary for exam subjects, you need to associate the information with a peg, which can be a number, for example. The number list can then be remembered by using a mnemonic device with it. Here is a chart where you can quickly determine the type of mnemonic device you can use:

Short list Medium list Long list
The number/rhyme technique The simple journey method The journey system
The number/shape technique The number/rhyme technique The extended number/rhyme technique
The alphabet technique The extended number/shape technique The extended number/shape technique
The link method The alphabet technique The extended alphabet system

Using these at exam time – when you are under pressure and need to deliver – is actually quite easy and these may even help you focus and calm your nerves. In fact, you will be able to run through each mnemonic in your mind and then be able to write down the facts that you retrieved from doing this along with any facts or related connections you made when putting these associations together.

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