Do tongue twisters help with learning?


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grammar edited Oct 10 '12 at 11:51 Peter Guess Expert

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I think so.


While Tolley seems to be up-to-date on the research, I can only speak from personal experience. I found tongue twisters and other mnemonics to be helpful in learning/memorizing complicated facts "in bulk."


During my first two semesters of architectural history, we were required to memorize facts for about 500 buildings each semester. As part of the final exam, we would be shown a picture of a building, and we would have to identify its name, location, style, architect, and year. So I made up little ditties for each. Today, 35 years later, I still recall the ditty when I see certain buildings.

link edited Oct 10 '12 at 17:21 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Learning times tables by heart in unison with about 25 other 10-year-olds certainly worked for me. I always say the sums in my head when any basic mental arithmetic is required.

Peter GuessOct 10 '12 at 19:42

I guess rote learning really does have its place in education. I remember very well learning my times tables, spelling words, and the like. Pribyl, your Arch History story made may skin crawl. I'm sure the mnemonics helped, but that seems to be cruel and unusual. Muscle memory, as with any memory according to many brain researchers, comes through good ol' repetition.Cheers!

TolleyOct 10 '12 at 21:28

It wasn't as bad as it sounds. The Professor posted a copy of every slide shown in lecture (hence the 500) in the corridor outside the faculty offices (today they are online). The final asked about 25 slides. We just didn't know which ones they would be. It was really more like "total immersion" in the language of architecture. I went on to take another 4 years worth of Arch History.

Jeff PribylOct 11 '12 at 15:47

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