Tips for Memorization

Below are some tips to help you with memorizing for tests and presentations:

First of all, you have to be committed to the task or you will not succeed.   We find a very helpful verse in the scriptures:  Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5- New Living Translation

Make a plan

If it is a large amount of information, break it into small sections and plan to memorize a small portion at a time.  Plan to review the information many times.  Repetition is the key!


Highlight your notes, make note cards or flash cards.  Have another person quiz you so you will have to repeat the information aloud.

Use your notes to quiz yourself

Change headings into questions.  If you took Cornell notes, cover one side of the page and quiz yourself, saying the answers allowed.

Use acronyms, acrostics, rhymes, jingles, etc.

The use of acronyms, acrostics, rhymes, jingles, etc. help you create memory clips that will stick in your mind, the stranger the better! 

  • Acronym- using initial letters of facts and developing a word  ex. HOMES- a word that stands for the Great Lakes-Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior
  • Acrostics-using initial letter of facts and developing a sentence.  ex.  First five books of the Bible; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  God’s Everlasting Love Never Diminishes. 
  • Rhyme or Jingle- add some type of musical beat to a factual phrase or series of thoughts. ex. Thirty days has September, April, June, and November…..

Keep yourself motivated

Think about the rewards of your effort and give yourself mini-rewards along the way.

Do one last review

Review the information again the night before the test to make sure you have it “stuck” in your memory.

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