Being a successful student is far more about being a smart user of effective strategies than about being 'smart'. In fact it is possible to predict how well a student will do simply on the basis of their use of study strategies.
Mnemonics is one class of study strategy that is of proven effectiveness, but (like only too many effective strategies!) is used far too little. Despite many studies showing the effectiveness of mnemonic strategies, they remain the least frequently used formal memory aid used by students.
While you can find basic information on the various mnemonic strategies in many books and websites, Mnemonics for Study goes far beyond the same tired descriptions, using the latest research to explain exactly how these strategies work and are best used.
The hardest part of permanently improving your memory is changing your habits and becoming an effective user of effective strategies. The best way to do this, research has shown, is through understanding how different strategies work, and when and how to use them. Through examples and exercises, that is what this book aims to teach you.
The 2nd edition includes multi-choice chapter review questions, extra images, and a very detailed step-by-step case study showing how to use mnemonics to learn the Geological Time Scale.
This particular edition has an extensive English-Spanish glossary to assist Spanish-language readers. The relevant glossary is provided after each section, with the complete glossary in alphabetical order available at the end of the book.
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About the Author
Fiona McPherson has a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Otago (New Zealand), and her non-fiction books are usually about memory and learning. Her first book, The Memory Key, was published by Tandem Press in 1999, and subsequently published in the United States by Career Press and in Germany by mvg Verlag. A later revision was published by Random House UK as Perfect Memory Training, and has been translated into French. Since 2000 she has maintained a website (http://www.mempowered.com) dedicated to providing information on memory and how to improve it, and has published several books on specific memory and learning topics. As F.M. McPherson, Fiona also writes fiction. You can find out more about her fiction at her website http://www.fmmcpherson.com.