This article will show you some of the techniques you can use to improve
your memory power immediately.
Below are the common memory techniques around which all other memory techniques are based on:
– The first is Connection method and an extremely strong one.
You are creating meaning for an item by connecting it to
something you know already. Do you have to remember
somebody’s address is 1225 Memory Lane? Isn’t it easier to
think Christmas (12 – 25/ December 25th) than just four
separate numbers. Now we have something that has meaning.
We can take our story-telling technique and associate it to
Memory. It may take some imagination, but that just comes
Another strong point with the Connection technique is that it
allows you to utilize information you already know.
– The second is Repetition. This is a very simple technique and
probably the one most used to remember something.
However – look closely at what you’re really doing when you
are repeating something. You are forcing yourself to focus
attention on something. That is one of the most important
steps in memorization. You forget most things simply
because you didn’t remember them in the first place.
– Storytelling is another method. The Greeks were great for
this – remember the story of Narcissus and Echo. They would
take phenomena from everyday like and create a story around
it. By creating a story they are forcing your attention (see how important that is) plus they are creating a link mechanism which I just mentioned above. All good memory techniques play off each other and use the brain’s natural memory ability.
Remember – these are techniques, not tricks!
– Rhyming is another technique. Admittedly it takes some
creative energy and a talent for forming rhymes, but if you
have that ability it is a very good way to remember things. The rhyme can have a story as well.
– The last method is by Linking – linking one item to
something you already know. Remember how memory works.
How often a smell can bring back the memory of a certain
afternoon a long time ago. Linking or association is a way
that was devised to utilize the way memory naturally works.
You’re not forcing it – it’s something you do naturally.
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