Instead of trying to memorize the difference and risk getting them confused in your head you should practice map and compass techniques until they become second nature. This is were CardinalPoints.co.uk comes in handy.
|Screen shot from Cardinal Points Compass Training Program|
Yon Yonson has created a wonderful little desktop app that allows interactive use of a map and compass in a simulated environment. I first came across Cardinal Points when Yon began following me on twitter. Curious I went and checked out his website and found this amazing app.
Cardinal Points uses a 360 degree panoramic photo (similar to virtual big bend) of Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick in Cumbria to help you practice important map and compass techniques over and over again.
|Screen shot of the Compass Familiarization|
|Cardinal Points Map Screen Shot|