A cool trick for memorizing sentences

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Someone recently told me about a cool trick for memorizing things. 

I wish I could remember who told me about the trick, and where they got it from. But I looked the trick up online and found an article about it from QuickAndDirtyTips.com.

Imagine that you're trying to memorize a PhraseMix sentence (which I strongly recommend that you do). The normal way to memorize the sentence would be to repeat the full thing, again and again, from the beginning. So try that now. Read this sentence out loud to yourself five times:

“I'd just like to say, on behalf of everyone here, good luck in your new home.”

Now close your eyes, wait a few seconds, and try to say the whole sentence without reading it.

Did it work? If so, great!

If not, then you probably got the first part of the sentence right, then lost your way somewhere in the middle.

Now let's try the trick!

The cool trick I heard about was to try learning backwards. Instead of starting from the beginning of the sentence, start by repeating a piece at the end:

new home

Then add to it:

in your new home

good luck in your new home

It might help to practice different parts of the sentence separately:

everyone here

on behalf of everyone here

And then put the pieces together:

good luck in your new home

on behalf of everyone here, good luck in your new home

And finally, the whole thing:

I'd just like to say, on behalf of everyone here, good luck in your new home.

Close your eyes and say the sentence all the way through again without reading it.

Did it help to review the sentence backwards?

Try it out with a few more PhraseMix example sentences, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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