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Memorizing Fast and Effectively

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[hidepost]Helpful Software for Memory Tasks

In my classes on GRE and SAT Prep we talk about effective ways to commit all that vocabulary to memory. Reviewing every word every day is a waste of time. You want to study each item as little as possible and still be able to recall it at test time. In class we talked about a way to use different stacks of flashcards to minimize review and maximize recall. SuperMemo 2004 software does the same thing, but much more effectively.

Enter your facts in minimalist, flashcard style. Example; “Q. Lion?, A. Large African cat.” Supermemo 2004 will quiz you on that fact on a schedule designed to minimize reviews while ensuring that it isn’t forgotten. This is very powerful and useful software, and I would DEFINITELY shell out the $19 and use it. One warning; the website and the program are NOT pretty or terribly intuitive. It will take you some time to get used to how the app works, but it pays huge dividends. And it’s not just for vocabulary. You can commit anything to memory using SuperMemo.

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Foolproof Cheating

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Wouldn’t it be spiffy if you could use a cheat sheet on your test? Even better; what if it was impossible to get caught. And to ice the proverbial pastry, what if it was completely legal and ethical. I’ll tell you a method to do just that.  [hidepost]It’s called mnemonics (nih MON iks).

I used this method all through grad school impressing prof and fellow struggling student alike. My friends, knowing of my uncanny ability to do barely passable work, were convinced I was cheating; especially when I made a perfect score on my human osteology exam with only thirty minutes of study. They had spent long nights cramming and scored poorly.

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