I would love any tips or tricks with memorization that you could share. My son, who is nine years old, is a sweet, smart little kid who just can't seem to memorize. He does, indeed, seem to have a poor memory, and often appears to forget trips we go on, or movies we have seen, etcetera. I always attributed this to the dreaminess of a gifted child.
But now that he is in fourth grade, he is struggling to learn. Multiplication facts, State Capitals, you name it -- he just can't seem to get the hang of it. We have tried flash cards, songs, writing things down repeatedly, simple mnemonics. I'm out of ideas, especially since memorization was always super simple for me, and the key to whatever academic success I had as a kid.
His standardized test scores are super high, and I do think he is trying. I'm not a tiger mom by any means, I just hate to see him so frustrated. What memorization tools am I overlooking?
posted by Malla
on Dec 2, 2013 -
Apparently in Japan, there are these popular memorization aids that consist of a red highlighter pen and a translucent green sheet. You highlight a phrase in red on your notes, then cover the piece of paper with the green sheet. With the green sheet in place, you can read your notes except for the red bits, allowing you to test your ability to recall the occluded information. I've Googled around and found a few manufacturers: Pentel
(no longer available for sale), Zebra
, and this eBay listing
with a Japanese brand name that I can't parse. Does anyone know of any other manufacturers or brands? Does this product exist in America, or will I pretty much have to import it?
posted by lizzicide
on Oct 31, 2013 -
We're in the final week of rehearsal for a play that opens next week -- public dress rehearsal is on Thursday (unless it's cancelled due to lack of interest because Halloween) -- Real opening night is November 1. Most of us are in over our heads, line-wise. [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8
on Oct 23, 2013 -
Does anyone memorize quotes from literary works and use them in conversations? [more inside]
posted by eisenl
on Jan 24, 2013 -
I'm memorizing all of the world capitals. What other flash-cardable things would be useful/impressive to memorize? [more inside]
posted by cmoj
on Apr 16, 2012 -
Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Mar 15, 2012 -
How do you remember numbers? I create reports about and analyze stats all day, and I'd like to be able to remember "off the top of my head" at least a few of the keys numbers that I'm looking at. What memorization techniques or just general reading habits work for you?
posted by scribbler
on Aug 6, 2011 -
Latin filter: I am taking a basic Latin course and am having a heck of a time memorizing case endings. Does anyone have any tips for memorizing these? I tried flash cards, which work really well for vocab, but not so well for cases. Do I just need to write them out hundreds of times?
posted by apricot
on Dec 15, 2010 -
If you wanted to learn 100 words in a foreign (i.e. non-english) language, which words would you choose? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic
on Dec 13, 2010 -
What's the best (free) spaced repetition program right now? What additional memorization techniques do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Sep 30, 2010 -
How do I used spaced repetition learning to improve my life, beyond the obvious applications? [more inside]
posted by henryaj
on Sep 23, 2010 -
Help me overcome my terror of my graduate school comprehensive exam. [more inside]
posted by lxs
on Jul 10, 2009 -
What essays, papers, or declarations were written in English and have changed the world.... and are short enough to memorize? [more inside]
posted by salvia
on Oct 29, 2007 -
What is the best software out there for making, printing and managing large numbers of flash cards? [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Nov 15, 2006 -
I'm starting to gig out for the first time. Problem is I often forget the lyrics, even though I wrote them. Any suggestions for remembering one's own lyrics?
posted by Ironmouth
on Jun 12, 2006 -
I’m studying for an exam and would like some tips on polishing my memorization skills. How do actors remember their lines? I know repetition helps, but what else can I do to retain the questions/answers I’m studying. Any tips, tricks or websites of interest would be appreciated.
posted by johnd101
on Mar 25, 2006 -
I'm at a stage where I need to memorize vocabulary in a foreign language, and I am looking for advice, tips & useful software. [more inside]
posted by anjamu
on Feb 24, 2006 -
What are some common and useful things I can memorize? I carry a Hipster PDA around, and I'd like to fill an index card or two with poetry, facts, or anything useful to memorize in my spare moments (standing in line, stuck somewhere without a book). I am not interested in scripture or conversion rates.
posted by NickDouglas
on Jun 30, 2005 -
For some research I'm doing (in order to help actors), I'd like to know what science exists about moving data from (human) temporary memory to (human) permanent memory. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Jun 29, 2005 -
How do I learn lots of names of people quickly? I'm beginning a summer at the Middlebury language schools and I need to get to know as many people as possible *quick*. Unfortunately, I suck at remembering names. Even for like 3 seconds. I try to write them down as fast as possible, and most of the time I lose it before I get to my handy pocket notebook. Tips?
posted by sdis
on Jun 25, 2005 -
Exam time. 2 weeks until some massive exams, which mostly consist of memorising and regurgitating code snippets and proofs for maths theorems out. Any tips/hints for last minute revision to round off longer term memorisation?
posted by Mossy
on May 26, 2004 -
Help! I have less than one week to memorize a 5-minute speech for a contest--in Japanese. Most of what I can find on Google tells me not to bother with memorization, but the contest rules say I have to have it memorized verbatim. I have about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes memorized so far, but they're not solid yet. Does anyone have some tips for memorization?
posted by Jeanne
on Mar 7, 2004 -