I learned visual mnemonics toward the end of my college career. It was an amazing edge in sheer memorizing efficiency. Additionally it was far more entertaining to make strange visual scenes and journeys rather than rely on rote. I used distributed learning schedules rather than cramming and frequently got near 100% on exams. I'm really surprised more students aren't willing to put in the up front time learning peg systems, journeys and the like. Once you have them, with a little imagination you can dramatically improve your memory. Of course you still have comprehension to deal with and the rest of Bloom's taxonomy, but not wasting so much energy on memorizing facts tends to help with comprehension.

The linking method is by far the worst in my opinion, although I suppose you showed it because you don't have to learn a loci first--so its quick to use. These techniques existed thousands of years ago, yet students continue to use cramming and rereading/repetition.

I don't use visual mnemonics too often anymore, but its still a nice go to method if I need to remember things quickly, memorize a name of a new person and info, or don't have something handy to type/write down a long number with. With all we know about learning and the brain it truly amazes me that learning isn't taught as a skill to students, no wonder they still primarily believe in biological determinism and self-select themselves out of many interesting career and educational areas--often at an early age.

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