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How to Study or Memorize for your Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Exams?

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Help! I am not Chinese, and do not speak Mandarin; how on earth am I to learn Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs!?
How can I memorize all Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs and their properties and actions...and on top of that all of the Classical TCM Formulae!?
What is the easiest way to quickly learn all of the acupuncture points, their actions, and indications?
There is too much to memorize in my Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) studies, how will I ever manage this!?

Sound familiar? Regardless of your circumstances, if you feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of learning and memorizing TCM Acupuncture point names and their locations, and/or TCM herb and formula names and their properties and actions, look no further! 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.

As a preview of the study tips that will be covered in this study aide series, here are ways to memorize the plethora of information needed to graduate and be proficient at TCM and Acupuncture.

Study hacks for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture at a glance:

Rote Learning: Repeat, repeat, repeat and repeat ad nauseam.

Song/Poetry/Rhyme: Did you know that poems and songs in Mandarin are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Universities throughout China to aide in the memorization of TCM and Acupuncture topics?

Tactile Learning: Ever witness an anatomy exam where all of the students appear to be touching different areas of their own bodies throughout the exam? Examinable material like the anatomical locations of Acupoints as well as much of the subject matter covered under Biomedicine and Anatomy courses is a great candidate for this learning technique.

Memory Palace: Did you know that there is such a thing as a World Memory Championship? Did you also know that memory champions report employing this ancient Greek and Roman technique to win these competitions! Be a memory champion and acquire enormous lists of unrelated or related intelligible or unintelligible (foreign) information at an astonishingly rapid rate with this simple practice.

Visual Aides: 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.

Stay tuned for upcoming blog entries in this series for an in-depth discussion on each of the above study hacks on how to study or memorize for your acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) exams.


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