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It can be difficult to memorize dates, names and other important facts you might need to know for an upcoming exam. Here are three tips to help you memorize those important facts.
1. Mnemonics are word games that spur you to remember the facts you need. Some common mnemonics are ROY G. BIV for the colors of the rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet) and HOMES for the names of the Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior). Make a funny name or word using the first letter of each word you need to memorize.
2. A memorization technique you've probably used since childhood is rhyming. Think of singing your ABC's, or perhaps you learned how many days were in each month with the old "Thirty days hath September" rhyme. Put the important facts you need to memorize into a sing-song verse and you're sure to remember.
3. Mental pictures can help you to remember important facts. A certain teacher named Jon Pearson taught his students to memorize the 13 colonies with this mental picture: A Jersey (New Jersey) cow named Georgia (Georgia) sitting on top of the Empire State Building (New York) singing two Christmas carols (North and South Carolina) holding a new Virginia ham (Virginia, New Hampshire) wearing polka dot underwear (Delaware) using a pencil (Pennsylvania) to connect-the-dots (Connecticut) into a picture of Marilyn Monroe (Maryland) walking down a long road (Rhode Island) to go to mass (Massachusetts).