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how to remember formulas

Guest Jun 9, 2015

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Thanks Badinage, that is good advice.

 

I tackle the problem a bit differently.

 

Firstly

I remember relatively few formulas.  I work most out from scratch, this is slower and it requires a different type of memorizing for if I had not semi memorized the working it would take far too long.  For me it is easier to semi memorize a logical procedure than it is to memorize the end result.

 

Secondly

I never wrote the formula out 100s of times BUT if I had to use a formula I never allowed myself to directly copy it.  At worst I would have it on a different page, I could look at it but then I had to reproduce it without directly copying it.  If I could not do this then I would write it on a peice of paper a few times first, until I could do it.

 

Third.

There are lots of tricks, poems, songs, etc to help you remember specific things.

Like SohCahToa for instance.   I have added to my collection of these since i have been on the forum.  If you have specific a problem remembering something then ask on the forum.  Someone may have a great idea of something that will work for you.

 

Last but not least,

The more you understand - the less you have to memorize!  

Melody  Jun 10, 2015
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The method I used in high school was to write the equation hundreds of times, night after night, until it eventually stuck in my brain. I think it becomes sort of a rhyme or mantra that tends to generate itself in your mind once you start to say it. All you need is a pencil and a dozen sheets of blank paper. Try it!

 Once you begin to make sense of maths, you'll find equations become easier and easier to understand and remember.

 

Good luck! 

 

 

 

 

 

Badinage  Jun 10, 2015
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Thanks Badinage, that is good advice.

 

I tackle the problem a bit differently.

 

Firstly

I remember relatively few formulas.  I work most out from scratch, this is slower and it requires a different type of memorizing for if I had not semi memorized the working it would take far too long.  For me it is easier to semi memorize a logical procedure than it is to memorize the end result.

 

Secondly

I never wrote the formula out 100s of times BUT if I had to use a formula I never allowed myself to directly copy it.  At worst I would have it on a different page, I could look at it but then I had to reproduce it without directly copying it.  If I could not do this then I would write it on a peice of paper a few times first, until I could do it.

 

Third.

There are lots of tricks, poems, songs, etc to help you remember specific things.

Like SohCahToa for instance.   I have added to my collection of these since i have been on the forum.  If you have specific a problem remembering something then ask on the forum.  Someone may have a great idea of something that will work for you.

 

Last but not least,

The more you understand - the less you have to memorize!  

Melody  Jun 10, 2015

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