Turn memorization into a fun and productive game
We’ve all been there: it’s the night before a test and the instructor has provided a boatload of terms to memorize. One way or another, the key to passing that test becomes committing each of those terms to memory.
Whether you’re a medical coder or a fitness trainer, an HVAC technician or a computer networking specialist, there will always be certain terms and industry jargon you’ll need to know. Passing tests is important, but it’s more important to understand these terms so you can communicate with potential employers and clients, as well as coworkers and supervisors.
With that in mind, here are four reliable ways to memorize all the necessary terms for your Branford Hall career training program so you can recall them whenever there’s a need to do so.
1. Use index cards
Most students used flash cards at one point to remember simple math equations. While the idea might seem elementary, the repetitive act of scrolling through a set of cards is still an effective method of committing terms to memory.
The process is simple: buy a set of index cards, write the terms or phrases you’ll need to memorize on one side, and then write the definition for each of those terms on the other. Once you’ve drafted a set of flash cards, run through the deck as many times as necessary. The great thing about this method is that you can carry the deck wherever you go, allowing for impromptu study sessions on the run, such as killing time in those few minutes before class or while sitting in a waiting room.
2. Work with a partner
In sports and business, healthy competition brings out the best in people. Having a partner in the classroom is prone to have a similar effect. Working as a team also allows students to quiz each other, one helping the other to understand any difficult terms. Study partners tend to feed off each other, comparing grades and perhaps even helping each other achieve better results.
One other benefit: classroom partners generally schedule a specific time to meet and study. This is an effective way to remain true to your goals, while helping each other succeed.
3. Create a mnemonic device
A lot of people use “ROY G. BIV” as a way to remember all the primary colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet). Mnemonic devices, as they’re called, can also represent a fun way to memorize any string of related terms a career training program might require.
Next time you’re presented with a list of study terms, try working them into a rhyme, recasting them as the lyrics to a song, or even using the first letters of each word to form a sentence (e.g., “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” is often used to help musicians remember EGBDF, the lines of a treble clef). As long as your memory has a point of reference, it’s much easier to recall each of the corresponding parts.
4. Record yourself
In the age of iPods, smart phones and MP3s, it’s relatively easy to record yourself reading a list of study terms along with their definitions. You can use that recording to study as you exercise, eat lunch, or even go about your daily business. The repetition helps your mind connect each word to its meaning. That, in turn, will make it easier to recall whenever each term or its corresponding definition pops up on a test.