Hi, I’m Olga Gambini and I am an attorney in the United States
and Russia with 15+ years of experience. I personally know how
challenging it could be passing a bar exam. My goal is to provide
you with a set of techniques that will help you to pass the bar on
your first try. Feel free to send me an email below if you have any
specific questions!



You do not memorize things for the sake of memorization, you memorize things to recall them later. You will only retain about 1/3 of the information after the first 10 hours upon learning it. We will learn memorization techniques and partially retention. Have you ever heard that we cannot memorize more than 7±2 items at a time (Miller’s magical number)? That is simply not true, and you will see why in a few minutes.




There are three main types of memory: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Visual memory is known to be the strongest one. You probably heard a saying: one picture speaks a thousand words.
Creation of an image is the central part of the visualization technique. By creating and linking images, you will easily memorize and retain large amounts of information.



Here are your pairs:

Need a little help? Let’s do the first one together. You should know by now that if you imagine a house with the flowers in front of it, that connection would not be strong and memorable enough, but if you imagine a flower that has the houses instead of its petals, you will more likely remember it for a while.


The tree can look very different for every single person, it could be a palm tree or a christmas tree depending on experience and imagination.
Here are 5 things to know about creating a mental image that you will remember:
1. An image has to be volumetric rather than flat like a picture;
2. The more details an image has the better;
3. It has to be limited in space;
4. It has to be large;
5. Look up with your eyes open while creating an image.


By creating an image, you are replacing a word with an object in your imagination:
A tree becomes:

You just learned one of the basic and most important techniques for using your visual memory: creating an image and linking it. For the purposes of the demonstration it was a simple example of linking just 2 words/objects. When you will become more skillful in these techniques you will be able to link several objects and memorize the parts of your presentations without using the notes, or prepare for any test that you need. If you create a strong connection one of the visual subjects will trigger the whole chain of the connected images.

For the pairs of words where you made a mistake try to think what was wrong: was the connection between the images too weak, or you just did not imagine or memorized it well enough because you were in a hurry. If needed, recreate the images and connections. Then repeat Step 3 with another column. This time, you probably will not make any mistakes.


Active recall is a very important step in memorization and committing the information to a short-term memory. To practice this step, cover one of the columns left or right with a sheet of paper, read a word from another open column and try to recall the second word by recalling a linked image (like you would check yourself after memorizing the foreign words). Take a note if you made a mistake.


The next step in applying this technique is learning how to link two and more images to create a connection between relevant or irrelevant subjects that will become the visual clues to memorizing blocs of information.
There are a few rules that will help you link the images and create a strong connection in your memory:
1. The images that you are connecting have to be more or less the same size. E.g. If you are trying to link a bird and a car, simply placing a bird on the top of a car with the proportions that exist in real life, you will not create a strong enough visual connection and this connection will be easily broken in the future. Instead, imagine a huge bird that is as big as the car and place the bird on a car’s roof with the claws holding the car like an eagle would hold a rabbit.
2. The connected images need to have a new mutual contour, simply placing one object inside of another would not create a strong connection (e.g. placing a bird inside of the car from the example above would not work).
3. By using exaggeration and humor while linking the images you help make them more memorable and the connections stronger.

The next step in applying this technique is learning how to link two and more images to create a connection between relevant or irrelevant subjects that will become the visual clues to memorizing blocs of information.

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