A history teacher during my sophomore year of high school introduced me to tricks for how to memorize (commonly called mnemonic devices).  He gave us the example of the word HOMES for the five great lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.  Though I learned that list over forty years ago, and though I don’t have to review it, I can call it up just as easily today.

More on memory can be found in this TED talk:

2 thoughts on “YOU CAN MEMORIZE…A LOT

  1. Jeannie Love

    As a teacher I am always looking for effective ways to learn new material. Now that I am in my late ’60s and in a Bible study with women older than myself, I have seen that most all of them do not even try to memorize Scripture verses. As a leader of these women, this will be another device that I will present to them next week to hopefully encourage them to keep trying.

  2. Dave Post author

    Hi Jeannie,

    Wonderful! My strong bias is that far too many of us simply think we can’t memorize well, so we don’t even attempt it. Grateful for your model!


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