Memorizing is a top online degree skill. These are some suggestions made by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute to help students improve their remembering skills. Online degree students will certainly benefit from following them.
Understand thoroughly what is to be remembered and memorized. When something is understood, be it a name or a chemical chain it is almost completely learned, for anything thoroughly understood is well on the way toward being memorized. In the very process of trying to understand, to get clearly in mind a complex series of events, or chain of reasoning, the best possible process of trying to fix in mind for later use is being followed.
Spot what is to be memorized verbatim. It is a good plan to use a special marking symbol in text and notebook to indicate parts and passages, rules, data, and all other elements which need to be memorized instead of just understood and remembered.
If verbatim memory is required, go over the material or try to repeat at odd times, as, for example, while going back and forth to school.
Think about what you are trying to learn. Find an interest in the material if you wish to memorize it with ease.
Study first the items you want to remember longest.
Learn complete units at one time as that is the way it will have to be recalled.
Overlearn to make certain.
Analyze material and strive to intensify the impressions the material makes.
Fix concrete imagery whenever possible. Close your eyes and get a picture of the explanation and summary answer. Try to see it on the page. See the key words underlined.
Make you own applications, examples, illustrations.
Reduce the material to be remembered to your own self-made system or series of numbered steps.
Represent the idea graphically by use of pictorial or diagrammatic forms.
Make a list of key words most useful in explaining the idea or content of the lesson.
Form a variety of associations among the points you wish to remember. The richer the associations, the better memory.
Try making the idea clear to a friend without referring to your book or notes.
Actually write out examination questions on the material that you think you might get at the end of the term. Then write answers to your own questions. Since you now have the chance, consult the text or your notes to improve your answers.
Follow suggestions for reviewing. This is an important part of remembering.