The tricky thing with memory... What does it make you remember? Or what it makes you think you remember?
Maybe with these exercises, you can perform memory feats like these.
If you are interested in improving your memory, incorporate these exercises in your daily task routines to unlock that elusive bit of the brain!
Having trouble remembering what you just read? A good exercise is to make small summaries, using only your memory, after each chapter you read. By using this technique you can see just how much information you retained and what gaps you need to fill. When making your summaries, make sure you can answer the following questions:
a. What would you say is the “topic sentence” of the chapter?
b. What are the three main points the chapter addresses?
c. What questions does it leave unanswered?
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a. Did you get it yet? Repeat what you need to remember in your head, repeat it out loud, and write it over and over again! Repetition is key! Your ability to recall data can be enhanced when you can hear or visualize it.
Really learn the information
a. Don’t just memorize, truly learning information and understanding it will help with information retention and your ability to recall it later on.
a. A simple thing you can do is clear your mind and only focus on what you are trying to remember. With so much going on in our daily lives, it is easy to let our minds wander and not truly absorb information that comes our way. Give the information you need to learn and retain your full, undivided attention. Take the time to really listen to lectures, focus on the words of the books you are reading. If you realize you zoned out for a while and missed something, don’t be afraid to ask and get back on track.
Use post-it notes
a. Put information you need to remember on post it notes and place them on things you use often. Stick them on your bathroom mirror, on your toothbrush, your cookie jar, and your computer screen. Every opportunity is an opportunity to learn and remember!
How do you ensure that you do not damage those delicate connective tissues while trying to improve on your memory?
1. Drink... only in moderation! (very light moderation)
2. Exercise... as much as you can! Keep the oxygen intake levels high in your brain by moving around!
3. Sleep on it... literally. Sleep improves your memory by clearing the 'junk' out of your system that you have accumulated in your waking hours. Sleeping allows you to consolidate short-term memories and allowing your brain sypnapses to form long-term memories. Note that a day or two of proper sleep will not compensate for long-term sleep deficiency! So it is not a good idea to pull all-nighters a week before exams and expect yourself to retain all that information with a day or two of healthy 8-9 hours of sleep.
What about participating in a competition? Challenge yourself and have a little fun here!