How to Memorize Anything Without Even Trying
Did you know that any passage, no matter the length, can be memorized fairly easily without having to stress and slave over it?
If you or your students have trouble memorizing, I’d be willing to guess you haven’t tried the best and easiest way to memorize anything – the whole method.
The whole method is this: Instead of slaving over each phrase of a passage, trying desperately to remember it, you simply read the entire selection over and over.
You don’t stress about whether or not it’s getting in your head. You just read it. And read it again. And again.
At first it will seem as if you are not making any progress at all. You may read the passage twenty times and still feel as if you haven’t learned any of it. But that’s not true. If you keep reading the selection, one day you’ll realize that you know some of it. Just keep at it. A few more times through and you’ll have most of it down. Keep at it and you’ll have memorized the entire passage.
Why I Love to Memorize with the Whole Method
- It’s so easy. Reading the passage doesn’t take a lot of mental concentration and doesn’t feel like a lot of work. All you have to do is read it.
- You remember it better. If you try to learn a selection piece by piece, then you often have trouble remembering which piece comes next. The whole method vastly eliminates this problem because you learned the entire passage as one piece. In addition, the whole method helps you remember the entire selection for longer.
So if your student has been struggling to memorize a selection for school – or if you want to memorize on a passage of Scripture, try the whole method, and you’ll be thrilled with the results.
- Find a good time to memorize. I said this method was easy, but I never said it was fast. Reading the passage over and over definitely takes time. The key is to find a time each day when you can work on this. For me, it’s while I blow dry my hair. This takes a little less than ten minutes each day, and if I’m not memorizing I’m just sitting there daydreaming, so it’s a great use of my time. I’ve been able to memorize an incredible amount of Scripture just in those ten minutes a day. Find a time like this for you or your student and start using it to memorize. (Car rides are great for non-drivers.)
- Be consistent. Once you find a time to memorize, you have to be consistent. Reading the passage a few times won’t do you any good. You’ve got to read it over and over and over. Don’t give up if it feels like you’re not making progress. You are. If you’re running into a deadline, just increase your frequency.
- Read out loud if possible.When you read silently, your brain is engaged. When you read out loud your brain, lips, and ears are all involved. This increased involvement helps you learn more quickly.
- Review. Once you have a passages memorized, review it. Otherwise, you will eventually forget it. Maybe set aside one day a week of your memorization time to review.
Have you tried memorizing with the whole method? What other memorization tips do you have? Share your advice & experience with a comment below.