Memory Work Suggestions

  1. Be sure you know exactly what and how much you are to memorize before you begin
  2. Make every effort to understand the material that is to be memorized
    1. Read the entire passage several times and see its meaning as a whole. Reading aloud will help.
    2. State the meaning in your own words. If necessary, outline the passage.
    3. Try to see the memory passage in your book with your eyes closed.
    4. Write the lesson if you have difficulty in learning it from the printed page.
  3. Think of the benefit of the material you are learning.
  4. Memorize in a quiet place, where you can concentrate on the lesson.
  5. Memorize short selections as wholes rather than as parts.
  6. Memorize long selections by parts which have a single general thought; then memorize the connections between the parts. But read the entire selection carefully and thoughtfully several times before studying the parts.
  7. Memorize exactly (carelessly memorized material is quickly forgotten; exactness in all things aids character growth).
  8. Begin early and memorize in short periods, avoiding a last minute cramming effort.
  9. Review frequently the material you have memorized, even after you know it perfectly (“overlearning” aids the retention of memorized materials).
  10. Let someone test you before you recite in school, or test yourself by writing the lesson from memory.