Improving Retrieval of Memories: Mnemonic Devices


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Many techniques have been designed to improve memory, such as the keyword technique and the method of loci. What is the term used for these memory improvement techniques and strategies?

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1. What larger, general memory improvement strategy do acronyms and the acrostic method fall within?

2. In order to remember a list of steps to shoot a rifle, which are Breath, Relax, Aim, Sight, Squeeze, Maria just remembers the word 'BRASS.' Which mnemonic device has Maria used here?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its associated worksheet will test your knowledge of different types of mnemonic devices and how they can be used to help you study. You will be quizzed on the term for memory improvement devices and several of the strategies covered in the lesson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Overall term for memory improvement techniques
  • Term for the memory improvement strategy that includes acronyms and the acrostic method
  • Method of Loci
  • Acrostic method
  • Acronym

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about memory improvement in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as Method of Loci and chunking
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding mnemonic devices
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different strategies for improving memory

Additional Learning

To learn more about memory improvement strategies, review the related lesson called Improving Retrieval of Memories: Mnemonic Devices. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define mnemonic device
  • Discuss the two different types of chunking
  • Learn about using acronyms
  • Discuss the acrostic method
  • Learn about the keyword technique used for learning language
  • Discuss the Method of Loci