4 Research-based Memorization Methods For Low-stress Learning

We spill the beans on how primary school students can lighten the load of their upcoming mid-year exams—here are 5 powerful memorization methods for them.

What’s the one thing that students have to do the most?


Memorizing mathematical formulas, science content, language grammatical knowledge, etc.

It’s not just learning it by heart. It’s also to practice hands-on repeatedly to retain knowledge.

And it has loom as a standard academic process for students.

Students lack meaningful learning—the concept where knowledge is fully understood by learner and knows how the knowledge can relate to other facts and be applied to other areas when needed.

Most students can hardly remember half of what they’re memorizing because they don’t understand the content.

So are students’ memorized content destined to burn out before they could use it for their exam papers? The answer is categorically no, because there are better memorization techniques.

When a suitable method is found, the way of memorizing is reinvented. And the content and knowledge are cemented into the depth of their mind.

So is there one standard technique to stamp out stiff memorization and rote learning for all students?

How does the brain remember things?

Our brain is amazing when it comes to remembering visual experiences. Think about how happy you were during your past birthday celebrations.

Even when your brain sees words, it treats them as pictures.

So, using the brain’s instinctive inclination towards preserving imagery information, the trick is to associate information to images.

This technique involves creating linkage between items and appointing images to each linkage.

Five common memorization methods

  1. Peg alphabet systems

Heads up if your child needs to memorize a list of items in a specific order.

The actual method can be slightly baffling, but you can make up your own for easy adaptation.

The most common way is pegging objects to numbers.

First, connect words that rhymes with the numbers in order.

  1. Fun
  2. Blew
  3. Bee
  4. Door
  5. Drive

So, now after memorizing the above list, you can start linking the list of objects you need to memorize. For instance, the different parts of a typical plant cell consist of cell wall, cell membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus & chloroplasts.

  1. Fun – Behind the cell wall are cells having loads of fun.
  2. Blew – The group of cell membrane blew bubbles during the party.
  3. BeeCytoplasm wore a bee costume for the party.
  4. Door – The host of the celebration, the nucleus, stands near the door to make sure everyone is having fun.
  5. Drive – In the midst of the party, the chloroplasts drove in with their fancy car.

Other alternatives include linking words to the first letter of the numbers or to the shape of the numbers.

  1. Link method

Still relying on the brain’s aptitude to learn by heart, the link method is to imagine associations between items in a list.

It’s a really simple way to remember things. Creating a short story using these connections will have a positive impact on memorizing.

Here’s an example using the parts of a typical plant cell.

The cell wall was broken down by the bad cells. The cell protected their cell membrane. The cytoplasm fought against the bad cells. They rushed to the nucleus for protection. In the end, all of them went to the chloroplasts to watch the fireworks.
  1. Remembering keywords

For the science syllabus, we know that scientific terms can be tricky. Take membrane for example. Might not be an exceptionally hard word for adults, but perhaps yes for a primary school kid.

Not to mention words like cytoplasm, or chloroplasts.

So, in order to remember complex words, you need to sprinkle a little magic dust.

No. Actually you’d need to substitute words linking to objects which you can easily visualize.

Take cell membrane, cytoplasm and chloroplasts for example.

Membrane = man-brain

Cytoplasm = On the site, the toes are wrapped with plaster

Chloroplasts = The cold roll had plus signs on them  

  1. The route

The thing about this technique is that it’s a breeze to use after your kid master it, but it’s hard to explain it fully in words.

This is a formula lodged with a route that your kid should be familiar with.

So here it goes.

First, plan the route. A route like the way from home to school will be the best. Remember features or landmarks through this route in order—one for each item to memorize.

The route:

  1. Lobby lift
  2. Bench on the park
  3. Flower bush
  4. Convenience store
  5. School gate

The five items that needs to be memorized:

  1. Cell wall = cell wall (this shouldn’t be too hard to remember)
  2. Membrane = man-brain
  3. Cytoplasm = toes with plasters
  4. Nucleus = nuclear = bomb
  5. Chloroplasts = chloroform = swimming pools

Link them up!

  1. Lobby lift – cell wall
  2. Bench on the park – man-brain
  3. Flower bush – toes with plasters
  4. Convenience store – bomb
  5. School gate – swimming pools

The above is for reference purpose only. Help your kid make it as easy and as uncomplicated as possible!

For a more detailed explanation to its usage, here’s a case study from Memory Improvement Tips.


We first need to emphasize that the best age for development of memory ability is at the primary school level.

And educators have the duty to stimulate the power of students’ memory, all without losing their desire to learn in the process.

We want to keep the kid’s stress level at its lowest, and memorization effect at its highest. These methods might not be answers to your child’s learning process, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

And who knows? It may even translate into pretty numbers on your kid’s result card.

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