Our memory is like a library of information. But does it really store all the information? It is said that most of the information we come across, gets stored in our memory bank, that is our subconscious mind. Most of us are unable to recall what we knew. On the other hand, some of our genius mates are very quick with memorizing things and recalling them.
Some of us keep forgetting things every now and then. Some of us remember things only after reading them multiple times. Some can store information by associating its contents with images, while others memorize things at first sight or in a single read. That depends on one's memory capacity and the techniques used for memorizing.
In today's fast-paced life, most of us are overloaded with professional and personal commitments. Being in the midst of handling a number of things simultaneously, we discover that we are getting forgetful by the day.
Sometimes we are unable to find our keys, at other times we forget to send an important e-mail to a client. When such instances become a regular thing, it is time to take memory improvement seriously. Given here are a few ways to improve memory and memorize things quicker.
If you are interested in the topic you are studying and are curious to know something new about it, you will be able to memorize it better. Take interest in the topic at hand and remembering the associated information will be easier.
Listen carefully to what is being said, by being attentive while reading or listening to it. Once your concepts are clear, and when you have a clear understanding of the subject, the chances of forgetting what you have learned are very less.
It associates the information to be memorized with the contents of the conversation. This helps the brain retain the acquired information for a longer time. Also, sharing the information with someone else is a revision of what you have learned.
This will avoid confusion and cramping of information in the brain. Studies have stated that students who study on a daily basis (regularly) tend to remember more than what students who practice last-minute study do.
You can carry these flash cards wherever you want and read them. Even if you have a few minutes to spare, you can go through any of the cards in the stack. This is one of the most fun and interesting ways for students to memorize quickly.
The habit of recalling the day's events every evening helps improve memory. Play games that help improve concentration. Meditation and yoga help improve focus and increase concentration.
A small tip to remember a list of points is to study it in the 1, 1-2, 1-2-3, pattern. For example; say 'cat, dog and owl' are three words that you need to memorize. Repeating these words in the above pattern like; cat, cat-dog, cat-dog-owl, and so on, will help you learn and remember them.
You could also try rhyming the information or reciting it like a poem. With a rhyme or a tune associated with them, things become easier to learn and are retained with ease.
For example, some like mugging up, while some prefer making notes. Some may recite it softly while some prefer reading aloud. Find which way suits you best.
Also foods that help in memory are almonds, milk and eggs, and iron-rich foods such as broccoli, grapes, papayas, cranberries, strawberries, beets, spinach, dark leafy vegetables, lentils, tuna, tomatoes, plums, grapes, orange juice, avocados, soy beans, and sweet potatoes. Include them in your diet.
Form a habit of making a to-do list every morning. You could apply that to your household chores, homework, or office work. Enlisting your tasks and striking them off as and when they are completed, is a good way to ensure that your forgetfulness does not affect your efficiency at work.