• Pat Bigaouette

    Pat Bigaouette

    Class of 2011
    Chaska, MN
    Biology (Pre-Med)

    Pat's Bio:
    My name is Pat Bigaouette. I am a Senior Biology major. I run on the cross country and track teams at Scholastica. I currently live in Somers Hall as the Residential Advisor for Ground Floor North. Also, I am actively involved in Scholastica's theater program and hope to get cast in one of the four shows this season. This summer I conducted clinical research at Hennepin County Medical Center in the Emergency room. I also traveled to New York City to pick up a friend from school and, of course, saw the show "Wicked" on Broadway.

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My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas?

I was attempting to memorize my bazillion lines last night when I hit a wall. I realized there was no way I was going to learn an entire play in a month so I did what any college student does…I ordered pizza. When my belly was satisfied, I searched the internet for ways to improve my memorization skills. This is what I found:

 

The goal of memorization is to find a method that will force your brain to recall whatever it is you need to memorize. Here is a four step method:

  1. Read through it aloud.
  2. Copy the text by hand.
  3. Read through the text and create a short outline.
  4. Have someone else read it to you.

Another method for memorizing items such as speeches is to take a speech and shorten the speech to give you clues as to what comes next. Here is an example…

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

 

And now for the shortened version…

F s a s y a o f b f o t c, a n n, c i L, a d t t p t a m a c e.

N w a e i a g c w, t w t n, o a n s c a s d, c l e. W a m o a g b-f o t w. W h c t d a p o t f, a a f r p f t w h g t l t t n m l. I i a f a p t w s d t.

B, i a l s, w c n d — w c n c — w c n h — t g. T b m, l a d, w s h, h c i, f a o p p t a o d. T w w l n, n l r w w s h, b i c n f w t d h. I i f u t l, r, t b d h t t u w w t w f h h t f s n a. I i r f u t b h d t t g t r b u — t f t h d w t i d t t c f w t g t l f m o d — t w h h r t t d s n h d i v — t t n, u G, s h a n b o f — a t g o t p, b t p, f t p, s n p f t e.

 

By using the first letter of each word, you can give yourself hints as to what comes next, instead of actually reading what comes next. This will teach your brain to actually think about what comes next.

 

When in doubt use a mnemonic. That always works, and it is a classic–My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas….ok, so when I was in school Pluto was still a planet. Anyways, use some of these techniques in class when memorizing cranial nerves, or speeches. Its worth a shot.

Have a great day,

Pat

 

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