Thursday, March 11, 2010

Memorizing word part amar-

Using association and mnemonic long-term memory techniques makes it possible to keep away from rote memorization, the much maligned short-term memory technique. The way an instructor can tell whether their students use long-term or short-term memory techniques is in how fast they answer questions. Long-term memory recall requires us to do a mental search through our memory before answering while information in short-term memory is repeated verbatim, very quickly, and without thought.

blue emboldened words are common or college terms that can be use for association purposes.
(Unfortunately I couldn't find any common terms for this word part.)

reddish brown emboldened words are medical terms which should be looked up in a medical dictionary for their figurative meanings.

Word part and memory story from High Speed Memory Techniques for Medical Terminology.

amar- from L. amarus, bitter, means "a bitter plant substance". [amaroid, lit. bitterlike, amarine, lit. bitter like substance, amarum, lit. bitter]

Memory Story: [Using amarine.] You're a marine (amarine, not related) during WWII who has been captured by the Japanese. What they don't know is you have knowledge of plant poisons and during your walk through the jungle to your workstation you've collected enough specimens to take out a regiment. Unfortunately the extracts are very bitter and your stumped for a vehicle until you stumble across a case of rum. (amarum)

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