14: How Can I Best Utilize Mnemonics for the MCAT?

Session 14 In today's episode, Ryan and Bryan talk about some tips about creating mnemonics to help you memorize all the tons and tons of stuff out there. Mnemonics is all about making a sentence with the first letter of all the things you're trying to memorize. This isn't true. You can make this kind of mnemonics for science facts.But this is not where mnemonics end. Tips for creating mnemonics: The Modality of Mnemonics Engage yourself in the modality of learning that works for you. (auditory, visual, kinesthetic) Auditory Mnemonic Like a sentence you can say loud so it plugs into your auditory system. Example: Diatomic acids - Have No Fear Of Ice Cold Beer (Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Fluorine, Oxygen, Iodine, Chlorine, Bromine) Visual Mnemonic Think of ways to engage visually with something memorable rather than just something auditory. Example: Look at the periodic table and see how the diatomic gases form a kind of L-shape with the Halogen group and then with Oxygen and Nitrogen Kinesthetic Mnemonic Ground your body in the physical reality into the physics of the MCAT or tie mental ideas to your own body to let you engage kinesthetically with that thing you're trying to remember. Example: The right hand rule when thinking about magnetic fields - Think of your thumb as hitchhiking along with the current. Your fingers are the magnetic field. Palm push is the force vector coming out at a right angle from your hand. Hold your hand in front of you and connect those ideas kinesthetically in how your hand moves around to better remember it. The Actual Content of the Mnemonic Make your own mnemonics that fit with your style. Make it outrageous, naughty, or personal, or all three. We remember emotional connections and personal things. Build a mnemonic out of your friends, family, personal events, favorite movie, something that's more likely to stick with you than someone else's mnemonic. How much should you rely on mnemonics? Find your own best approach. Don't go to mnemonics as the first line of attack but as a second line of defense. Share with your friends. Making your own is the best but when it comes to mnemonics, the more the merrier. Share with friends, borrow them, and share them online to make sure you have all that analogy at your fingertips on test day. Links and Other Resources: www.mededmedia.com Next Step Test Prep: Use the code MCATPOD to save some money on their new course. Check out their offerings and sign up for a free full length practice test.

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