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Remember more and learn faster: proven techniques to improve your memory

Anna Shi
06 марта 2020

People with exceptional memories deserve to be envied. There are two kinds of people: in the first group are those, who are able to accumulate and use encyclopedic knowledge with or without even a little effort. The second group tries hard to remember the person’s name, introduced to us seconds ago. The aim is to move from the second to the first group. To remember more and learn faster we can draw an analogy with muscle of our bodies: giving exercises to muscle lead to strengthen them.

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Whatever the purpose is: to prepare for an examination, to learn or refresh language skills, or just to avoid age memory lapses — you can improve your memory and keep it sharp in any age. It’s not a joke or something impossible, it reachable easier, then it sounds. Information come to us in plenty all the time and how fast we can operate it is a competitive advantage.

Obviously, human memory can’t compare with smartphones, but some tricks can boost up memorization process. How memory operates with making and recalling memories it’s not incomprehensible anymore. About 2,000 years it was the center of research of many professionals of various fields: Philosophy, Psychology, Biology, Neurology, Sociology etc. For instance, British scientists 4 years ago 1 million Euro for the opening the connection between protein and the brain, and a role, it plays in memory formation, and memory loss. But still, there is much to explore and discover.

Principal three stages in memory processing: encoding, storage, and recall can be identified. A recent review showed that one third among Americans have forgotten or misplaced something at least once a week. Those who justify the blackouts as senior moments are mistaken. Based on Trending Machine national poll, respondents between 18 to 34 are more likely than 55 or older to forget what day it is (15 vs. 7 percent), lose their keys (14 vs. 8 percent), forget to have breakfast (9 vs. 3 percent) or even forget to take a morning bath (6 vs. 2 percent).

We are the XXI century digital population, used to entrust to our smart gadgets: smartphones, laptops and similar instead of entrust to our brain.
All you have to do is to try out some new memorization techniques or bring key adjustments in your lifestyle.

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Here are some helpful techniques:

1. Stay focused. The best way to pump memory is to pay attention to details. The more you pay attention to details, the more likely you will remember them in a right time. Smell of perfume can help to remember circumstances and people.
Visualize it. Imaging, or associate something with a sign or symbol. The symbol can serve as an anchor, from which it is easy to push off and remember what is needed in detail.

2. Keep repeating. There is a theory: in order to remember something, you need to repeat it at least 7 times. It works for new words, numbers, dates. Keep on repeating till your brain will get it.
Be motivated. A clear understanding why this information is needed, will make understanding and remembering as easy as possible. The visible connection between knowledge and the field of its application is necessary.

3. Organize it. Write what you want to remember. Motor memory will help you. By controlling the writing process, the brain assimilates information more productively.

4. Lead association. This is the easiest and most productive way to remember. It works with different data types: texts and digital. The name of the dessert Napoleon can be remembered as the name of the militant leader of France. The number 25 can be represented as a quarter of the pie, or remember that you were 25 when you met your beloved one.

5. Break it down. Operating with large digital data, such as telephone number, better to divide it into components. What’s easier to remember: 1847698457 or 1 847 698 457?

6. Keywords. This works well with large texts. Divide it into paragraphs and name each of them. Or also you can give just a keyword, or a question. Answering, all the text lines up in memory.

7. Teach and learn. One of the best ways is to explain the topic to someone else. Tell your friend, colleague or child what you are trying to remember. Perhaps your opponent will ask you questions. Thus, the information is firmly absorbed by brain.

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