25 Jan Improve Your Ability to Memorize
Memorization seems like it ought to be simple, so it can be very frustrating when it turns out to be difficult. Memorizing certain information, formulas, or translations can help you improve your productivity and work more efficiently.
Explore Memory Techniques
There are plenty of tips and tricks out there that promise to improve your memory. However, there’s only a few things that tend to consistently work for almost anyone. Common techniques include mnemonic devices, associations, physical cues, and using music. It may take some time to figure out what’s best for you.
Create a Schedule
Whatever device or method you use, making sure you actually schedule time for it is essential. It doesn’t have to be a very particular time of day – you’re unlikely to do it and you’ll get frustrated if you’re interrupted. Missing a few study sessions makes it easy to quite altogether. Instead, make a real commitment to go through whatever material you’re trying to memorize every day, every other day, etc.
Get Some Sleep
Sleep is important for maintaining a good memory. It’s important to not just get a good night’s sleep before a specific task or test, but in the time you’re practicing your memorization. In addition, see if you do better reviewing information a couple hours before bed or immediately before. It varies from person to person, with some being able to retain just-before-sleep info and others failing to recall it clearly.
You might have heard of doctors suggesting people approaching old age get new hobbies or do puzzles like Sudoku or crosswords. Not exactly thrilling, right? But doing some brain teasers or trying to learn something new can get you better at memorizing new information.
Repetition gets a bad rap. In the revolt against old teaching and learning methods, repetition has become reviled as boring and ineffective. This is true in for cases, but for many it’s still one of the best means of memorizing specific information. Be sure that you repeat the information to yourself when you’re not looking at it, listening to a recording, etc.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to memorize something for work, school, personal use, or a hobby or goal. The only difference will be how it effects your stress levels. Some people find it pretty easy to memorize a new guitar chord or directions to a friend’s house.
These tasks don’t involve the kind of stress that learning a new work procedure or a list of mathematical formulas do, because there’s less pressure and more enjoyment. You may not even realizing you are memorizing the way you would if you were studying. Try to figure out what methods work well for you, commit to the task, incorporate some learning activities into your everyday life, and achieve a reasonable sleep pattern.
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