School throws a lot of strange words at you. Phytoplankton? Adherent? Since you don’t use these words every day they tend to exit your brain as fast as they enter. Even if you know the word’s definition, your brain needs something more personal as a ‘hook’ to recall the word .
So how do you remember these words? Say them out loud all them time? Please say you won’t.
While strange words can be easily forgotten, personalized pictures make a much stronger memory imprint and ‘sitck’ in your mind longer. Try creating a ‘word picture’ for each word that turns the word into a scene. These imaginary pictures can be strange or funny. They work best if they are personal too. Here are some examples:
Phytoplankton: These tiny, single cell plants float in the ocean like grainy spinach soup. Imagine yourself slurping up a big wet spoonful of greenish soup. Then say ‘Uck! Phytoplankton!’. Now that’s a personal picture.
Adherent: This is a person who is ‘stuck’ to a religion. Imagine a bottle of glue with the word “ adherent” stuck on the label. Try writing the word Adherent out on paper using a glue stick as your pen. We guarantee it will stick in your memory!
Independence: Wasn’t a pen used to sign the American Declaration of Independence? Imagine a pen dancing across the page of this classic document. Then make up a crazy dance with your own pen as you write out the word on paper.
Word pictures are a fun way to spice up your study time. They work too! Give it a try today.