Further explore memory techniques as learning tools with these practical examples.
Alex discusses his memory palace-based mnemonics for learning Chinese vocabulary, as taken from the textbook Integrated Chinese Lesson 1 Part 2. Building on his earlier two blogs describing his system, he walks through a learning session, focusing on examples and the different tools he uses. Links to his original posts explaining the system can be found here:
Part 1: The Gist
Part 2: Tweaks and Examples
Alex discusses his memory palace-based mnemonics for learning high-yield facts about the antibiotic class tetracyclines, as taken from the medical student review book First Aid. He covers several facets of our overall process for using memory techniques in medical studies.
Alex discusses his personal methods for using the website Memrise to learn English vocabulary. This video layers more advanced techniques onto to the basic strategy of linking keywords discussed in his earlier vocab video.
Alex talks through his images for the corresponding section in First Aid. You can follow along by placing his images in your own loci to build your memory palace for opioid analgesics. We think you'll find this investment pays off with long-term memory of the topic.
By the end of this video, you'll know all 44 U.S. presidents backwards and forwards. Alex and Cathy walk you through each one using a memory palace.
Alex and Cathy separately memorize the essentials of the disease acute pyelonephritis from the medical school review book First Aid. This video is Part 4 of the "Refine Your Technique" series.
Alex discusses the "memory palace" and how to use it to memorize the molecules in glycolysis.
Alex discusses how to use keyword mnemonics to learn and remember vocabulary. For slightly more advanced methods, see "How I Use Memrise to Learn English Vocabulary."
I’ve taken an extended break courtesy of the Step 1 Exam, but I’m excited to get back into things by wrapping up a previous blog. Just over a year ago, I wrote “Learning Chinese with Memory Techniques: Part 1 – The Gist.” I’ve waited far too long to get this second part out, but here goes. What I’d like to do is simply discuss the method in more detail—complete with examples, tweaks I made to Serge’s approach, and issues I faced. The good news is that, nearly a year in, I’m still happy with the method and will continue using it in earnest...
I got a question recently about how to remember the different branches of cranial nerve #5, the trigeminal nerve (shown at right). I thought I'd share my response here for any others interested. It's a beast of a nerve and no doubt gives most medical students headaches. I do, however, think memory palaces work really well for this type of thing. Let's get into it!
Unfortunately I’ve been getting crushed with catch-up studying, and so I haven’t had much time to do the blog thing. But let’s get back into it! Here’s a quick intro to a project I’m really excited about: learning Chinese. I’ve been giving it a go for about 3 months now, and I wanted to share some of my strategies, thoughts, and struggles. I should also mention that I’ve been focusing on speaking Chinese, rather than writing it.