Use Articulation

Socrates encouraged students to articulate, thereby drawing forth existing knowledge and sharpening their perception of new material. Articulation also facilitates and deepens your memory of new material. A simple use of this distinction is to discuss useful ideas with a friend during the return trip from a seminar. Another application combines the use of Mind Maps, visualization and review discussed earlier. If you sketch a Mind Map while reading or hearing new material, then during your 2-3 minute review sessions, you can take a mental snapshot of the Mind Map, close your eyes, and begin articulating the content of that Mind Map as if you were teaching a class.

The March '97 edition of our online newsletter explains how to use this distinction to memorize a speech more efficiently.

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