Iurge you to close the door, turn off your cellphone and listen attentively. The following list contains ten proven techniques to memorize information, ready? O.K, here we go:
1. Don’t Let Yourself Be Disturbed
You can’t memorize something if your mind is directed towards something else, concentration is essential!
2. Learn Mnemonics
Rhyme mnemonics are often used in school, why? Because they work! It’s an excellent way of remember lists (like all the months) but it can be used in other ways as well. In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue is a famous rhyme mnemonic used in schools, so start rhyming and less whining! (I am so lame BTW)
4. Form A Silly Sentence
What’s a silly sentence you ask? To clarify this, let us say we would want to memorize 3 Swedish Cities (starting from the biggest); Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. The initiating letters are SGM and a possible silly sentence could be:
Simon Greeted Me
5. Abbreviations Make Life Easier
Don’t you agree? We love to say UN, US etc. instead of The United Nations, The United States Of America (what made you chose such a long word, makes it hard on us foreigners by the way…). Here is an excellent article, written by an expert on the subject (O.K I surrender… it’s actually my own article): How To Use Abbreviations.
6. Do It Like The Talk Show Hosts
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7. Gimmicks = Bad?
For some odd reason, this word seems to radiate negative emotions, probably because gimmicks are used so extensivley in advertisements. Anyhow, the use of word games or tricks can help you process information. Try it and buy it!
8. Mind Maps – Find Your Thoughts
I’m a huge fan of mind mapping, and I recommend you to use mind maps as often as possible. I’ve already covered how mind mapping is done so I won’t go into that again. Here’s a free mind mapping software by the way, hope you enjoy it!
9. Association – The Biggest Secret
It’s really a shame that I didn’t put this in the beginning of the article, I’m sorry I forgot. Associatin is basically the art of linking a piece of information to something else. What’s the first thing that hits your mind when I say the word SUMMER?
Did you think about heat, ice cream, vacation, swimming or anything related to those activities? We think about heat because we relate this word to the term summer, it comes naturally without any real effort.
This is perhaps the biggest memory secret around, learn how to associate the information you want to remember with some piece of information that you won’t forget. It works like a charm, I promise!
10. Always Explore New Methods