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Explanation of the types of memorization and 8 ways to efficiently commit them to memory.


Memorization is an essential element to improve grades and speed up the learning process, but some people may have trouble with memorization, or forget things quickly even after learning them.

This article describes the different types of memorization, 8 tips for memorizing, and tools to make memorization more efficient. We will also introduce memorization methods that should be avoided as much as possible, so please refer to this page if you want to improve your memorization efficiency.


The memorization process is divided into two types


There are two main types of memorization processes: those in which understanding comes later and memorization comes first, and those in which understanding comes first and then memorization comes later. Neither is necessarily superior to the other, but it is possible to memorize more efficiently by using both depending on the subject to be memorized.

Below we will explain each of these processes and the appropriate subjects of study for them.

Memorize after understanding

The method of memorizing first and then understanding is suitable for English vocabulary and elemental symbols that can be memorized without explanations or understanding of their flow. It will be difficult to understand and memorize English words and their meanings, and element symbols and the roles of the elements at the same time if you do not have enough prerequisite knowledge.

First, memorize the unknown to the point where you feel you have seen it before, and from there learn the meaning and deepen your understanding. When the amount of memorization becomes large, it is a good idea to memorize while being aware of related derivatives. The key to remembering principles and principles that are difficult to grasp is to memorize them and then deepen your understanding.

Understand and memorize first.

Sometimes it is better to understand and then memorize than to memorize in the dark. Formulas and solution patterns in mathematics are examples of such cases. Since a solution is a logical process that leads to an answer, understanding is more important than memorization. It will be easier to remember if you understand "how the logic is developed" and "why it is used in this situation.

The same is true for formulas. Memorizing only formulas is meaningless if you do not understand how to use them. If you understand each formula and solution pattern, you will be able to solve more problems by applying them, and you will be able to rely less on memorization.

Even those with certain rules, such as chemical reaction formulas and English grammar, require less memorization if you understand the rules. The amount of memorization required for these also becomes enormous if you try to memorize them in their entirety, so be aware that you need to understand them first before memorizing them.

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You can start today! 8 Memorization Methods to Help You Commit It to Memory


Memorization is not a natural talent, but an ability that can be enhanced through ingenuity. Memorization is often associated with staring at words on a piece of paper and trying hard to memorize them, but by saying them out loud and being aware of the timing of memorization, they will stick in your memory more easily.

Below we introduce eight memorization methods that utilize various senses, so you can learn efficiently by using the method of memorization that best suits your subject and your own study style.

Memorize aloud

When you speak out loud, your voice is in your ears, so more information comes in than if you memorize with your eyes alone. Also, to speak out loud, you need to be aware of what you are saying, which stimulates your brain and makes it easier to remember.

If you are in an environment where you cannot speak even if you want to, try memorizing while mumbling, even if it is just loud enough for only you to hear.


The act of writing is also helpful for memory consolidation. If you just look at something, only visual information enters your brain, but by transferring the acquired information to the act of writing, you can memorize it more efficiently. Writing not only helps with memorization, but also allows you to check your memory for errors and retention, as you can find areas where your memory is fuzzy by actually writing the information.

By writing in different colors for the parts that are difficult to remember, the visual information will be more impressive and easier to remember. However, please note that if the purpose of writing is to memorize, the memorization effect will diminish.

Check it again and again and learn it.

The more frequent a person is exposed to information, the less likely he or she is to forget that information. Even once something is memorized, it is necessary to review it repeatedly to consolidate the memory, but if it is not reviewed, it will be forgotten over time, so frequent review is necessary to consolidate the memory.

Memorization cards, memorization pens, and check sheets will help you remember more efficiently.

Memorize with diagrams and illustrations

Diagrams and illustrations are also effective for memorization. Diagrams and illustrations allow you to see a lot of information at once, so you can grasp the whole picture and the flow of events at the same time. For example, if it is difficult to imagine a specific situation in history using only text, reading a comic book will help you understand it more smoothly, and you will easily remember the movements and statements of the characters.

When memorizing math solutions, looking at commonly used graphs and diagrams together not only helps with understanding, but also makes it easier to pull the solution from memory when a question is asked about that graph or diagram.

Learn while exercising

Exercise improves blood flow and activates the brain, making it easier to retain memories. Sitting tends to reduce blood flow, so it is advisable to stand up and perform light exercise at an appropriate time.

When you lose concentration, memorizing while doing light exercise can help you change your mind and learn more efficiently. However, be sure to do moderate exercise, such as jogging or light squats, as heavy-duty exercise such as dashing will cause your mind to focus on the exercise.

Remember before you go to bed

It is also effective to focus on memorization before going to bed, as information in the brain is organized during sleep, which helps to consolidate memory. The relaxed state after eating and taking a bath, when all you need to do is sleep, is a very good environment for memorization.

Use memorization cards or reference books for memorization before bed, and try to avoid using smartphones or computers that emit bright light that may interfere with sleep.

Memorize in association with a specific action

By associating an action with the content you want to memorize, you can make the memory stick more efficiently. A specific action triggers the memory and makes it easier to recall the corresponding memory.

Typical examples are the word association when memorizing historical years or elemental symbols, but associating the memory with more memorable actions, such as striking a characteristic pose or moving in rhythm while saying the word you want to memorize, will make it even easier to remember.

Learn by outputting to others.

By explaining the knowledge you have learned to others, memory retention is facilitated. It is also possible to check if there is any information missing from the explanation and if the memorized information is correct, so you can know what you need to focus on.

In order to explain the information in a way that others can easily understand, it is necessary to logically assemble the information you have memorized. Output is not only memorization, but also the process of making the knowledge you have crammed into your mind usable as your own knowledge. Another benefit of output is the memory of having explained what you have learned to someone else.

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Methods of memorization to be avoided as much as possible


Even if you go to the trouble of memorizing, it will be meaningless if you do it incorrectly and do not retain the memory. It is important to understand not only effective memorization methods, but also memorization methods that should be avoided and why.

Below are two methods of memorization that should be avoided as much as possible.

Memorize the same subjects in succession.

Memorizing the same subject matter consecutively will have little benefit. Memorizing similar content at the same time makes it difficult to organize information and to retain it.
Also, if you keep studying one subject, you will get bored and lose focus.

If possible, it is preferable to memorize multiple subjects, separated by time, but if you wish to focus on a subject and memorize it, you need to be creative by dealing with more than one area.

last-minute cramming

Since sleep helps memory to take hold, overnight memorization is not very effective. It is advisable to memorize the information steadily on a daily basis so that you do not have to soak it in overnight.

Even if you are able to remember, overnight knowledge tends to be forgotten after the test is over. Avoid "memorizing the entire test on the day before the test" as much as possible, and even if you do memorize it the day before the test, get enough sleep and focus on a specific area of the test.

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Tips to improve memorization efficiency


The key to improving memorization efficiency is to get a good night's sleep and to make sure that you are exposed to information over a long period of time. even if you do not have many hours in a day to work on memorization, you can learn more efficiently by making good use of your study time.

Below are three tips to improve memorization efficiency.

Get a good night's sleep

Sleep is an essential element for memory retention. It is undesirable to cut down on sleep time, such as by staying up all night to study, just because you want to memorize a lot. Short sleep time reduces brain performance, which not only makes memorized content less likely to stick in the mind, but also lowers study efficiency.

The optimal amount of sleep varies from person to person, but try to get enough sleep without overdoing it.

use the time you have left over for memorization

If you have difficulty finding time for memorization, use your spare time for memorization. If you use your study time for memorization, you will be able to memorize the material by repeating it frequently, which tends to make it easier to retain the material.

The more frequently you are exposed to information, the easier it will remain in your memory and the more efficient your memorization will be. Since unused information is forgotten, it is important to maintain a balance between learning new information and reviewing it. Find and use the time you have available, such as while commuting to and from work, using the restroom, or taking a bath.

Don't try to learn everything in a short period of time.

While it is important to memorize a large amount of material in order to achieve results, cramming too much into a short period of time will not make it memorable. For example, even if you memorize a book of English vocabulary in one week, if you go back and read it again from the beginning, you will probably find many words that you do not remember at all. If you spend a lot of time memorizing but forget a lot of information, you will lose motivation.

In order to remember well, it is necessary to memorize the information gradually and steadily. You will be able to memorize more efficiently if you make a mid- to long-term memorization plan that includes review.

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Memorize steadily with frequent review and enough sleep!

There are two ways to memorize, understanding first or later. It is more efficient to memorize English words and elemental symbols first, and to understand mathematical formulas and solutions first before memorizing them.

In order to consolidate what you have learned, it is important to review frequently and get a good night's sleep. If you have a lot of material to memorize, do not try to do it in a short period of time, but rather proceed in a systematic manner, little by little.

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