How to Memorize Acupuncture Points and TCM Herbs – Visual Aides
Here at JJTCMC we make the authentic accessible to all audiences. In this blog series on study tips for TCM and Acupuncture, we will offer some study methods to consider on your journey throughout your Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) education. Note that these study tools and techniques can be applied to any subject be it TCM, Acupuncture, or other. Remember, equip yourself with the tools you need to succeed now and throughout your professional career; this means that the aim is not to simply remember something to pass a test; rather, it is to commit information to your long term memory. Now, here is the problem: what is the quickest or most effective ways to commit things to long term memory? At JJTCMC, we empower and encourage our students to work smart not hard; read on to learn how!
Today’s discussion is focused on using visual aides.
A picture is worth a million words right? It is easier to recall a picture than it is to recall text. So, if it were possible to encode all of the “text” that you need to learn into a picture, that would be one pretty useful picture.
The good news is that there are many resources in the biomedical field with such study aides like the following:
All of these resources rely on “visual language” to encode the content we need to acquire. We saw “visual language” being leveraged in our memory palace with Mahuang Tang, here, where “excess” was encoded by the visual of multiple frames being hung on a wall. These resources all incorporate text in their aides because of the fact that, well, only the creators of their “visual language” would get away without any textual references. To this point, the sobering reality is this: though using any of the above resources are great and appear to save you time in needing to create the content to be studied, by leveraging others’ notes and study aides, you will expend time learning how to learn their “visual language”. If you try your mind at creating your own visual aides, you’ll find that it is easier to recall and takes less time than learning someone else’s visuals and methodology. Note, you don’t need to be an artist to create your own visuals. You can write a description in text which elicits the visual. You can then record yourself reading the description which then converts a visual aide into audio-visual learning. Be creative, flexible, and find enjoyment in your studies and study methods!
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