Clustering as a Memory Aid
Grouping of details and data in
recalling names or numbers is very essential in the process of retention. The
associative power suggested by groups or
grouped items help us further organize or give direction in
Pairing words, for example,
either synonymously or with their opposing
meanings, like “fair” and
“square” or “man” and “woman” helps us remember
data more easily because they are not only
singularly meaningful but at the same
relative to other words or
data that we already know from the past.
Clustering numbers (memorizing
telephone numbers by threes or by fours) or in whatever relevant grouping, is
one tendency that leads to easy access from these numbers or even word
groupings. Clustering is one way we can further improve our memory. Examples of
1. Grouping by numbers, colors,
or under the same category.
2. Grouping words and concepts by
their opposing meanings or through
antonyms: (bitter vs. sweet, love
3. Grouping words into pictures
or through subjective organization.Subjective organization depends on the way we
recall or organize our materials by our own categories or devices.
For example, learning a list of
new words or
vocabularies can be developed through subjective
interpretations of these words or groupings.
The better we organize or
become aware of how we build a system of information, the better it
would be in performing cognitive or mental tasks such as memorization or
application of our memory.
One example of this is cooking.
We may follow a recipe or procedure
dictated by the recipe. But the
way we cook food or give meaning to the
cooking is different from one another. Thus, the procedure is
also similar in getting information and knowledge.
It would be better if
1. Think of the process of how
you solve your problems or in getting the
2. Know your capacity in the
process of learning or memorization. Are
you the type of person who easily
gets the information by clustering
them into meaningful categories,
or are you the type of person who
learns better if you follow a
direction or picture inside your head?
3. Analyze the situation, the
details, or experiences. Try to remember the
relevant facts and remove
unnecessary data or information.
away your pen and paper. Your errands
list and shopping list is in your