by: Kevin P. Green
Memorization can be quite a challenge for some people, however there are tricks and techniques to help anyone learn how to absorb and recall information quickly. While we live in an age of easy access to facts and figures, having the ability to remember details instantly can be a great help both personally and professionally.
Here are some simple techniques that can have you storing and retrieving details quicker than you thought possible.
Visualize: Visual information can have a powerful impact on brain and can help you memorize details distinctly. Consider converting your notes or other written text into a more visually appealing and unique form, such as charts, pictures, or mind maps.
Memorize From End To Beginning: This is contradictory to our traditional learning method reading and learning from beginning to end. However, memorizing from end to beginning can be quite a potent learning technique that will boost your memory. The reason behind this technique is not clearly understood but it is believed that approaching material in a novel way forces more intense concentration and brings different parts of the brain to bear on the material.
Create Notes: There is good scientific evidence to show that writing out what you are trying to study by hand greatly improves your ability to memorize that information. Even if you don’t reproduce the material word-for-word, taking good notes engages your whole brain and will allow you to process and retain the information more thoroughly. The added benefit of this is that you have notes that you can look back over to cement the details in your mind.
Repetition: Love it or hate it, repetition of information can be a very effective means of memorization. Exposing yourself to the facts you are committing to memory at regular intervals after the initial study session will help transfer the information from short-term to long-term memory and will make it available for years to come.
Chunking: A traditional technique used to remember numbers, chunking is a great way to memorize telephone numbers. You will break down the information into smaller, which will make it easier both for storing the information as well as for retrieving it.
Memory Lane: Associating details that you are attempting to assimilate to different objects or places in your surroundings is a great way to memorize. This method is called a mnemonic where you make associations with unrelated objects to aid with recollection and has been used since ancient times.
Train Your Brain: Constant training is very important for keeping the brain well tuned. Take every available opportunity to challenge your brain and your memory throughout the day. Instead of pulling out the calculator, do the math in your head. Try to remember the shirt or dress color of all of your coworkers at the end of the day. Find quotations that are particularly meaningful to you and commit them to memory. Make the effort to keep your brain engaged and you will find that it will function much better overall.
These are some simple techniques that will help you to learn to memorize quickly. By following these techniques, you will experience a major improvement in your ability to recall any detail you commit to memory.
About The Author
Kevin Green has studied memory and brain function for years and has created a resource to help people enhance their recall abilities at http://www.LearnToImproveYourMemory.com.