Top Five Tips: Memorize This $%*#

To be effective during bar study, you must memorize a crap load of information. In my previous post, I discussed learning styles and we used the Learning Style Quiz to find your learning style.

Once you know your learning style, ask yourself: How can I best teach myself information through this learning style? Here are my top five memorization tips for each learning style. If you believe you are a mix of styles, or still not sure which style fits you, try learning the same information using 2 or 3 styles.

Auditory

Auditory learners learn best by hearing information repeatedly or by speaking it. When trying to recall information, try to “hear” previous discussions.

1. Buy a microcassette tape recorder, like this, or if you have a smart phone, download a recording app like this. Then either read information to yourself, or read questions and answers to yourself, pausing so that you can answer each question. Keep the information or questions short, and easy for your mind to digest and keep. Try listening to your tapes before you fall asleep and right when you wake up.

2. Quiz yourself out loud, and answer out loud.

3. Try reading your notes out aloud.

4. Put the information into a rhythmic pattern like as a rap or song.

5. Study in groups, discussing the information.

Visual:

Visual learners learn by looking at words and images, they recall information by picturing it, and learn best with charts, pictures, colors, and images. When recalling information, try to remember visual clues, like what a page of your notes looked like.

1. Include colors and various fonts in your outlines so that you can picture the information easier.

2. Make lots of charts and pictures to explain and remember information. Try using flow charts, tables, and bubbles to relate information to each other.

3. Keep white paper around for explaining things visually to yourself while you study.

4. After taking notes, organize them so that you can put the information into a way that is meaningful and makes sense to you.

5. Make note cards that are very short so that you can picture the information.

Kinesthetic:

Kinesthetic learners need to do something with information to learn it.

1. Study in groups where you can explain and discuss information with other people

2. Find an activity to do with the information – reduce a large outline down to a smaller one, reduce your outline down into note card, create a one pager, etc.

3. Try doing something with your body while you quiz yourself or study, like throwing a ball against the wall or walking.

4. Think of your own hypos about rules as you learn them. Try making your hypos funny and writing down little summaries of your hypos into your outlines.

5. Try teaching the information to your pet or to a chair.

Lauren Firestein is the founder of the Mind Over Bar Course, an innovative course that focuses only on the mental challenges of the bar exam. The course teaches in-the-moment practices you can use to deal with any mental challenge and rock the bar exam.