Having created a huge number of word associations for my own learning – I thought it would be a good idea to see if there were any studies about the method.
To my surprise, studies had been carried out as early as 1975 – I couldn’t understand why everyone didn’t know about this – it would revolutionise language learning – but there you are!
Below are the results I found. Please follow the links for more details and download the PDF if you’re a swat like me 😀
Studies carried out by Atkinson & Raugh show a marked improvement in retention of language using a word association or mnemonic method of learning. For learning Spanish – the results were 3 times better than learning using traditional methods.
Other tests showed a considerable improvement in immediate recall. The associations used were very simple and still the results were marked.