I have never been a good test taker in general


I am slow to memorize what I read, and with any test, there’s always a deadline. I try study techniques, but what works for me is just taking my time with reading and breaking down the information into small bits, but it always takes a really long time. I always fall behind…I had to take a step back from college classes because I kept falling so far behind in everything. I’m registered for a state real estate test in a few weeks, and I’m still having the same old problem of learning the material. I read, I attempt to memorize, and I quiz poorly. It just doesnt stick.


You’re in the right place, then. Proper use of the method of loci will help you memorize almost anything you wish, much more quickly than by rote. Start here: http://mt.artofmemory.com/wiki/Getting_Started


I have been doing reading about a “memory palace.” Can you explain this concept more? I assume it is someplace where you can associate a mental image in your mind (a room or chair if in a house or “palace”) with a term you’re studying for memorization purposes.


Have you read the wiki page that TracyM linked? The memory palace is explained there.

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I recommend mind maps using the Tony Buzan system. Fusing that to Cornell notes leaving space for a summary, and tabbing off information after you read the book in advance always helped me in math, theater and science. You can also use diffrent color paper based on your mnemonics system.

Hope I helped! :slight_smile:


I used to struggle academically. I would study the same amount as fellow classmates (who were excellent students), but not do as well on tests. I was jealous and angry. I was mostly angry at myself for not competing as effectively as I believed I could despite my greatest efforts. However, when I started using visualization (toward the end of my freshman year in medical school) it was as though I was given the keys to the kingdom of academic ability/success. from that point on, when I took a test, I began to actually know with impunity the difference between the right answer and a plausible distractor and it made 1-1.5 difference in letter grades.

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LabDocFarmer did you ever use visualization fused to your mnemonics system and the colors of paper for example blue could be Blew, red is I have read, Yellow is Hello, Green is lean and having different mnemonics system to pick up on after studying using outline method OF SQR3( Study, question, read, recite review) to Cornell. style: Leaving a summary in a binder of the information(After using information extracted as the main Sentence which is the first sentence needed to be extracted nearly 100 percent of the time!) And tabbing off what the teacher said with the notes you reviewed after using mindmaps(and thier various colors to mark the page) I use small tabs in my notes(little sticky tabs which point to what the teacher is saying in class and a voice recorder that is powerful and picks up audio sound on my phone in my purse to record the lecturer) Then I match what the teacher said and what the notes say to obtain… the answers for the test… It is full proof! And it is a very strong technique you can keep the recorder in your pocket and this will sky rocket you to A’s, hope I helped :slight_smile:


I don’t use colors as an index or anything of that nature. I use a big green object to remember the 36th element and ruby red slippers on president nixon to remember the 37th element. so, I do incorporate colors when I need to, but that is about the extent of it. When I can, I’d rather have a memorable object as an audionym than a color. I use the Lone Ranger’s horse to remember the 47th element (silver) rather than something shiny.