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Memory Improvement Techniques


Following is a list of techniques to improve your memory.  They are not necessarily the best techniques for improving your memory, but your commitment to memory enhancing skills listed below will make a significant difference to the power of your memory.


  1. Have a reason to remember

  2. Set a goal to have a great memory or for one particular memory activity

  3. Identify what you wish to remember.  This may sound a basic point but the foundation of remembering something is to know exactly what you need to remember.

  4. Organise what you need to remember.  As you organise what you need to remember, not only do you begin to put it in form that will make it easier to recall, but you also start the process of installing the necessary information in your memory.

  5. Chunk Up: This follows on from improved organisation.  Chunking up deals with grouping like items so you can chunk up to a level of less detail. When you remember the higher level you can be reminded of each of the lower level items associated with that higher level items. For instance a list of 20 grocery items you need to remember may contain water, lemonade, orange juice and milk.  You could chunk up to the level of 4 items of drink.  Then remembering drinks will remind you that there are 4 drinks and you can remember each one.

  6. Engage all your senses.  Your key senses are seeing, hearing and doing.  (While we know that tastes and smells are brilliant for triggering recall, using them to help you remember something usually takes a higher level of organisation.)  The more of these senses that you can engage the stronger your memory associations will be.  Some examples of using the senses follow.

  7. Visualise To some extent the term visualization is a misnomer because at itís most effective it is not just about what you see but about what you feel, hear, taste and smell as well.  Sit quietly with your eyes closed and then see in your minds eye what it is you need to remember.  This works especially with other tools. 

  8. Sound tools.  Examples of sound tools include rhythm, rhyme and repetition.  Alliteration and mnemonics will also enhance your memory.  Alliteration is involves the repetition of similar sounds, such as the second sentence in this section.  Mnemonics are word based techniques and include rhymes, acronyms and phrases

  9. Write things down. There is a magic about writing things down when it comes to improving your memory. The act of writing recruits various parts of your brain and engages more of your senses.  You have the feeling of writing, can see what you have written and when you write typically you will find you have an internal dialogue to help you determine what you write.  Through writing you can organise and clarify what it is you need to remember and the written word also provides a source from which can later refresh your memory.  You may write in different colours to further ingrain some aspects of things you need to remember.  You may only write a small portion of what you need to remember regarding a particular topic, just sufficient to prod your recall of other information.  Your writing may be mixed with pictures or diagrams to enhance your memory.  Mind maps are a great example of this.

  10. Use Diagrams:Diagrams and Mind Maps are useful tools to help you firstly organise things you need to remember and then provide a strong visual cue. An example of how this may work appears on a page about learning

  11. Play memory games and develop your own memory games or memory techniques

  12. Practice

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