Rhymes and songs mnemonic memory technique
Rhythm, repetition, melody, and rhyme can all aid memory. Are you familiar with Homer's
Odyssey? If you are familiar with the book, then you know that it is quite long. That is
why it is so remarkable to realize that this, along with many ancient Greek stories, was
told by storytellers who would rely solely on their memories. The use of rhyme, rhythm,
and repetition helped the storytellers remember them.
You can use the same techniques to better remember information from courses. For
example, even the simple addition of familiar rhythm and melody can help. Do you remember
learning the alphabet? Many children learn the letters of the alphabet to the tune of
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." In fact, a people demonstrated how she
memorized the quadratic formula (notorious among algebra students for being long and
difficult to remember) by singing it to a familiar tune!
Using these techniques can be fun, particularly for people who like to create. Rhymes
and songs draw on your auditory memory and may be particularly useful for those who can
learn tunes, songs, or poems easily. Like the other techniques in this section, however,
they emphasize rote memory, not understanding. Also, when devising rhymes and songs, don't
spend too much time creating them. Use these techniques judiciously and don't let them
interfere with your studying.