Now that you've studied, how do you remember what you've learned? Understandingwhat you study is the best way to remember. But you will also need to memorize. Here are some tips to help you memorize.

How To Do It

To memorize an idea, a fact, a date, or a name, you need to repeat the information to yourself until it sticks in your head. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Here are several ways to do this:

Read the information. Then look away and try to repeat it. Read the information again. Then look away and try to write it.

Practice repeating. Go over the information more than once. Practice at the breakfast table. Practice on the way to school.

Check yourself. Ask a friend or relative to test you. You need to be sure you truly remember what you've been working on!

Overlearn. To remember information for a long time, review many times. Review on different days. Practice until it's easy to recall.

More Things You Can Do

Here are some tricks to try if you need to memorize a series of things or some complex ideas or dates:

  • Rhymes Try creating a rhyme to help you remember very specific information. For example, students over the years have learned the dates that Columbus sailed to the Americas by remembering this rhyme:
    	Fourteen hundred and ninety-two,
    	Columbus sailed the ocean blue. 
    	Fourteen hundred and ninety-three, 
    	Columbus sailed the bright blue sea!
  • Memory Devices You can also make up special memory devices to help you remember. For example, to remember the order of the planets, students sometimes create a silly sentence to help them. Each word in the sentence starts with the letter of the name of the planet. Like this: My Very Early Mother Just Saw Us Near Paris. This stands for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. Try this for information that you need to remember in sequence.