Ever tried to memorize a long list of facts for an exam? Then you know how painfully boring it can be. A seemingly endless list of words or concepts can be mind numbing. Reading the list out load can help you to remember. Turning the list into flash cards can help. There is another way, however, that eliminates the boredom. Why not try memorizing the list with another student from the same class? Together you can play a partner memory game that uses ‘stacking’ to pack the whole list into your brain.
Here’s how it works:
2) The first person reads the first word, then looks away from the list so they can not see it. Out loud the first person says “We are going to a biology exam and I’m packing my Mitochondria“.
4) The first person then picks up the phrase and adds the next word or concept on the list “We are going to a biology exam. I’m packing my Mitochondria, my DNA and my Golgi Apparatus“.
As you play back and forth, make the phrase longer and longer. The trick is to repeat the entire list out loud without looking at your printed list. Imagine yourself ‘packing’ all the concepts into a suitcase for your exam. The visual image will help you as well.
Later on, when you are in the classroom taking your exam, imagine your self opening the suitcase of stored words that you packed with your friend. You can also silently repeat the phrase you used as a trigger for your brain.
Study partners make memorizing a lot more fun! Pack up your list with a friend for exam success.