Retrieval Practice Studying Memorization techniques

Memorizing material has always been one of my strengths, in fact, I've been told I have a slight photographic memory. I know how my brain memorizes things and I know how to make that happen efficiently. I usually use the recite and record method, mnemonic devices, flash cards, and self-testing, and they've always worked extremely well. This is not one area of my studying that I think needs to change, but for the purposes of this assignment, I'll use the self-testing, flash cards, and I'll try the mind map technique, because I've never used that one before. Also, each memorization method is effective in a slightly different setting. They all work well, but each method shines best in one particular area. For memorizing small facts or words, flash cards are king. For learning processes such as science or math, self-testing can't be beat. The mind map seemed like it would be useful for learning large chunks of text and associating concepts with one another. I don't really have any quizzes in any of my classes, so running this experiment was a bit tricky, as I really had no way to measure my progress via quiz grades. But I found a way to test each method. In fact, I managed to turn this exhibit into a useful experiment for myself. When I looked through the list of methods, the mind map one was completely foreign. I've never used anything like that before. I was curious about it, because it seemed like it would be useful. So, I decided to compare it to two of my go-to methods that I know work well, and see what happens.


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