Cinnabar Swan Healing Arts

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ashland, Oregon

Study Tips for SOU Students

Chinese Med: Intro Herbs (SS/HE399)
Introduction to Chinese Herbal Formula Prescriptions

Chinese Med: Meridian Theory (SS/HE399)
Acupuncture Meridian & Point Theory

the following are some memorization strategies used by students in my winter 2003 Intro to Herbs class:

  • use of tables listing herb formula ingredients “worked but took me longer to memorize. I did notice that looking at the different patterns did help though. Next I tried flash cards and tables. I found that although I was memorizing the formulas I wasn’t really learning them. . . . The next method I tried was writing each herb and its conditions over and over.. . . I did this and also studied the tables and this seemed to be the most effective method for me. It took less time and I actually remembered it.” — Erica
  • “The different types of study habits that I’ve tried to use to be successful . . . have varied from writing down each formula several times to using index cards at home to having my children quiz me. . . . I’ve found that just walking and talking to myself and repeating the names of the herbs and their characteristics have been the most beneficial.” — Rhonda
  • “I found that quizzing myself with flash cards was the best way to learn all the herbs and I could learn the formula for the herbs in under 2 hours if I kept quizzing myself.” — Helen
  • “What seemed to work the best for me was to write out the formulas on my own paper. After writing the formulas I would read the formulas over and over again. I would say the names of the herbs out loud. . . . Once I finally thought I remembered the herbs I would try to write down the herbal formula on another sheet of paper.” — Heather
  • “I added another component to the multiple writings of each herb. After doing each one many times, I then rewrite all of the herbs before. This way by the time I get to the end of the formula I have retained (hopefully) the ones before.” — Allyson
  • “I entered all the information in the chart template, then memorized them. I color coded tastes, temperatures, etc. and was able to recall the “look” of the page. I also ade little note cards, one for each herb, chinese and latin botanical name, and pinned them on my wall. Then I would practice writing the whole chart from memory, over and over again. When I forgot I could look on my wall. . .” — Maria.
  • “I made a set of flash cards for each formula and I used different colored highlighters for the different properties of the herbs. I used this color-coded highlighting on the handouts we received as well. After I had gone over the flashcards for some period of time, I would attempt to recite the formula by memory. If I could not, it helped to write out the formula on a piece of paper by hand and see how much I could remember. I repeated this process until there were no gaps in the formula.” — Nicole
  • “I would definitely recommend note cards first, also when memorizing information it is important not to wait until the last minute. You should at least have a couple days where with any spare time you have just flip through them every once in a while and the information will stick better in your mind. I can actually visualize the note card as I take the test.” — Rochelle
  • I really liked to memorize the actions along with all the other information. . . helped to solidify each herb’s main part in the formula.” — Adam
  • “My memorization technique consisted of making all the herbs and the information about them into one big group, as opposed to lots of herbs to memorize separately. I would put the herbs in an order that allowed me to create relationships between them to help me remember, like arranging them by category, or by putting all the sweet herbs first, bitter last. By viewing them all as a bigger picture I was more easily able to remember them. I tried to look them over each night for three nights before the quiz to help get them solid in my head.” — Carrington

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