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The Pianoman
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Hi all,

Has anyone reading this ever used a memory system to prepare for first year psychology course exams?

I started school a few weeks back and need all the help I can get Smile

Regards Alan
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Absolutely Alan. I'm assuming, looking at your Avatar (and forgive me if I am wrong)that you are beginning graduate level course work in psychology.

I had been using the basic mnemonic system as taught by Lorayne since junior high, but it really came into its own in grad school.

Of course it is at it's best for memorizing the deadly boring lists of seemingly unrelated information that some professors will deem vital to your development as a psychologist. And you can create your own variations and branch over into anagrams and the like. After all of these years, I still remember FTOP (Frontal, Temporal, Occipital and Parietal), among others, so something was working for me.

Some people, and perhaps correctly, will tell you that using mnemonics and such does not produce any better results than relying on brute memory. Even if this is the case, the effort and time used to apply mnemonics and anagrams helps cement the information right where you need it.

Also, and this might be the most important aspect, I found my use of these systems to greatly shore up my confidence. I knew that I knew certain areas cold so I no longer had to waste time fretting. The increased confidence spilled over into other areas of test taking.

Finally, having committed a great deal of info to memory with mnemonics, I was able to study while doing other things like driving and when I didn't have my books or notes handy.

Best to you in your studies and exams,

Dr. Bill

P.S. I wouldn't be signing "Dr. Bill" if it wasn't for how helpful memory techniques were for studying for my licensing exam!
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I only discovered memory techniques during my last year of college. They proved useful in many of my classes, but they really came into their own in the art history class.

The mid-term and final consisted mainly of the class being shown various paintings, and we had to name the painter, the name of the painting, and the year it was painted (plus or minus 5 years to be considered correct).

For each quiz, I spent 2 hours studying 60 paintings (that's only 2 minutes per painting!). When I took the mid-term, my results were so perfect, the teacher could only assume that I had cheated. I had to re-take the test two days later. It was just the teacher and I, and she re-shuffled the order in which she showed the pictures. No problem, of course! She watched me carefully, checked my answers, and apologized for accusing me of cheating.

Being a visual person, the slides of the paintings really made it easy for me. I put all the links I made into the paintings!
The Pianoman
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Yes Bill, you are correct in that I have started first year psychology here in Norway.

Only the top "A" grade students are invited to pursue training to be psychologists, the "B" and lower group can of course take bachelor/masters in psychology.

I must therefore try to get as good a grade as possible.

The required course reading seems enormous and is very detailed indeed, hence the post.

I did see some software on CD ROM called psyk.trek or something similar, that gives a multimedia presentation of the first year course...being a visually & audially orientated person, I think the CD could be very usefull.
Especially for neuron functions, human eye functions etc etc.

First exam is in 7 weeks so I had better get studying.

Thanks both of you for your replies.

Regards Alan
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