If you are looking for something, it is usually helpful to know how it differs from other things. You'll find a book more easily fed into a book shelve years ago if you remember not just the author and title, but also it's size, the color of the cover and other attributes.

Many psychologists (for instance Eyesenck, 1979 or Jacoby & Craik, 1979) consider the same to be true for the memorizing of words. You can improve your results by learning as many attributes as possible in which a word differs from words of the same cetagory.

How to delimit:
Consider the aspects in sound and meaning which distinguish a word from the word you learned before.

Software supporting this mnemonic: Puzzle.


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