Best way to learn lists

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David Stewart

14 Jan, 2015 07:29 PM


Here is an example of something I must know for certain for an exam:

"The NHS's values are:

* working together for patients
* respect and dignity
* commitment to quality of care
* compassion
* improving lives
* everyone counts"

I want to ask what is the best way to learn such a list. I have thought of the following:

1. One cards with the full list and six closed captions.
2. Six cards showing the full list but with one closed caption per card and the others shown.
3. Six individual cards with the syntax: "NHS Values 1/6: ................"
4. Creating a MMEMONIC word WE CIRC (the first letter of each) and only showing the first letter on one card.

Given that the manual suggests shorter cards is the best way to learn, I'd be inclined to go with option three. However by breaking the list up into six individual questions may I run the risk of not associating them as belong to the same source? If so, what is the next best way to remember lists such as these that simply must be learned.

I am interested in any ideas you all have, thank you.

  1. 1 Posted by jim on 14 Jan, 2015 11:14 PM

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    #1 is good if you think you can handle it. You probably will spend a good deal of time on the one card, though. You don't have to cloze all of them. You can cloze 2 or 3 and create 3 or 2 cards respectively. Each cloze is assigned a number which will correspond to the card created. You can wrap two separate words like...

    Hi, my {{c1:name}} is {{c1::Jimbo}} and I like {{c1::Anki}}

    And you will wind up with one card with 3 cloze deletions

    I think #2 is the good too. It just depends on how much of a challenge you think this particular note will cause you. Can you handle remembering 2 or 3 or even 6 lines per card? Or only 1?

    Here is the section of the manual about cloze deletions while editing cards :

    #3 doesn't really work for me. I think it's nice having related information on the same note. It could work though

    #4 I particularly don't like mnemonics. I know a lot of people do. I just would rather fail a card maybe one or two extra times and learn it from pure memory than relying on a trigger word or phrase. Only if I fail something over and over and over then a mnemonic may be employed. To each thine own though.

  2. 2 Posted by jim on 14 Jan, 2015 11:18 PM

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    I do use picture or auditory mnemonics sometimes. For example, when I learned the greek letter Psi, I kept failing it over and over. So, I imagined it sort of looking like a tounge, and then since there was an "s" in "Psi", I imagined the tongue making an "ssssss" sound, and now whenever I see Psi, I see the tongue and hear the sound, which is actually somewhat annoying.

  3. 3 Posted by David Stewart on 14 Jan, 2015 11:27 PM

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    Hello Jimbo

    Thanks for that reply, very helpful!

    Perhaps I'm meaning something other than mnemonics. For example there is
    a question "What are the seven principles of public office?"

    I seemed to have learned them by arranging them into the made-up word

    I will rattle them off now: selflessness, accountability, integrity,
    leadership, objectivity, honesty, and openness.

    Now given that I haven't looked at the text for that in weeks and it
    took my seven seconds I'm wondering whether when it comes to lists it
    might be something I'm suited to using?

    In terms of making the reminder words memorable, I had the idea of using
    the subject to be reminded as the reminder word itself, for example:

    What does a doctor do?

    Organise prevention
    Relay information to other clinicians

    This is a made up answer.

    Might this work?


  4. 4 Posted by jim on 14 Jan, 2015 11:50 PM

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    Acronym tis the word ye seeketh

  5. 5 Posted by jim on 14 Jan, 2015 11:50 PM

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    You can use acronyms if you like. If it works for you then go for it.

  6. 6 Posted by jim on 14 Jan, 2015 11:52 PM

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    By the way, acronyms used for memorization like this is a type of mnemonic.

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