Tricks For Remembering
You have a math test on writing and solving percent equations first Period on Monday, but you can’t even remember the equation your teacher wrote on the board two days ago. Why? You didn’t write it down because getting directions to Jocie’s party on Friday night was the talk of the classroom.
You need some study strategies to get prepared and you need them now. Mnemonic devices can provide those strategies in helping you remember and ace your math test. Look at the list of mnemonic devices and see which ones you could have easily done on Friday during your math class:
Note-taking - if the teacher writes something on the board, and then the student writes it down in a notebook delegated for math notes. When you write down information, you are actively creating a memory device. In a math class, when you write down the formula and solve a problem using that formula, you are actively creating an application of the learning.
Notecards - when you’re studying for any exam, break the concepts down into smaller learning chunks of information. Put each chunk on a cue card and take five-minute time periods during your day and quiz yourself; have someone else quiz you on what you know and what you still need to learn.
Visualization - use the power of visual imagery to increase actual retention. If you can visualize a concept in real-life application, you can remember it.
Acronyms - use the first letter of the math equation and write down a term that you will remember. For example in solving percent equations, the formula is “Whole x Percentage = Part," so the acronym could be “What Phone Peter?"
Keep reading for an example on using note taking to increase your test score.