Useful strategy resources



Information on mnemonics and their applications

Information on mnemonic techniques from the University of Amsterdam Psychology Dept

List-learning strategies:

Method of loci

Pegword method

Link method

Story method

Keyword method


Verbal mnemonics:

Coding mnemonic


Examples of pseudonumerology:

American Presidents
Periodic Table
Geological Timescale

First-letter mnemonic

maths and science mnemonics

medical mnemonics


The Art of Memory [a German site]

Visual learning techniques


StudyBlue is a free application that allows you to make flash cards and holds them in the cloud for you to access anywhere. it can also be synced with Evernote.[flashcard-type software]  [flashcard software]



Getting organized

Habitica is a free habit building and productivity app that turns your to-do list into a game. Rewards and punishments motivate you and you can compete with friends and join interest groups who'll help you achieve your goals.

Todoist is an online productivity app, and the basic version, which will satisfy most readers, is free. It aims to help you manage your projects, by forcing you to think about the tasks and subtasks, deadlines and priorities. Then it will help you track them.

Some more “to-do” apps: Nozbe, Nirvana, and Toodledo, and WorkFlowy (“To call WorkFlowy a list-making app undersells its surprising versatility”)

FastCo discusses a new app that supposedly will help you 'tame' your email: Mailbox

Those wanting some guidance in apps that help you remember your ‘to-do’ items, might like to check out this New York Times article.

Here’s an information management tool. Now that I’m the proud owner of a Kindle, I was delighted to find a widget (dotEPUB) that enables me to very easily turn a long web article into something I can read on my Kindle. You can also make it so it turns articles to ePub format, which you can read on other devices such as the iPad.

If you’re wondering about getting some digital help with remembering, the New York Times have an article on note-taking apps

TidyLists is a free and simple to-do application for managing your to-do lists.

SpiderScribe is an online brainstorming and mind-mapping tool that lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, in free-form maps. You can also collaborate and share those maps online. It's in beta at the moment.

Strike is a game-type app to help people get through their "to-do" lists.

Diigo is particularly for gathering information on the web. It enables you to highlight and annotate pages on the web, share them on multiple devices, share them with other people.

Evernote basically helps you take notes, tag them, and organize them. Scott McLemee, who writes at InsideHigherEd, has a nice article on what you can do with it at.

Tests and puzzles