Do you struggle to remember the name of a person you were just introduced to? How is it that some people seem able to remember everything so easily? Fear not! There is hope for us all.
Whether you’re studying for a test or learning a language, remembering is easier than you think:
1. Use the Loci technique to memorize a speech: Research shows that this method dramatically improves memory. Scientists believe it works by utilizing our navigational and spatial memory skills.
2. Use acronyms to memorize a group of words: Research suggests that we remember things better and retain them longer when we give meaning to them. So it’s much easier to recall a single vivid word or phrase than a list of information.
3. Use rhyming to memorize information in a specific order: Rhymes help us to memorize things as our brains are good at breaking down the sound structure of words. This is known as acoustic encoding.
4. Use linking to memorize a shopping list: By making associations between a list of items you make use of a method called the “Visualization & Association Technique,” which changes abstract facts into mental pictures that are easy to remember.
5. Use chunking to memorize long numbers: To chunk is to take individual pieces of information and group them into bitesize units. By separating individual elements into larger blocks, information becomes easier to retain and recall.
6. Use PQRST to memorize facts for an exam: PQRST stands for Preview, Question, Read, State and Test.10 Experts say it works because it provides you with stronger retrieval cues.
7. Write It Down to learn a new language: Writing by hand stimulates cells at the base of your brain, triggering your reticular activating system (RAS), which makes your brain pay more attention and active in forming each letter.
These techniques have been tried and tested by generations of scientists and put to use by millions of people. So no more excuses, it’s time to build that mind palace or write a catchy rhyme. Which method will you choose?
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