Ideas to improve your memory
Ever since I entered college, I have been obsessed
with improving memory. You see, I am pretty intelligent, but my memory
has never matched my other intellectual skills. Normally, as soon as I
finish studying for a test, I forget the information. If I am
determined enough, I can keep it in to my mind for as long as it takes
to pass the exam, but for no longer. Unfortunately, in college there is
much more material to memorize than there ever was before. I barely
made it through my first semester because I kept forgetting facts. I
feared that if I didn't find a way to improve memory, I would probably
fail a few classes. That was definitely something I did not want to do.
There are all kinds of different ways to improve
your memory – so many that it is hard to remember all of
them! Basically, they all break down into a few simple categories. You
can improve memory through supplements, through mental exercises, and
through self hypnosis. Many people start with supplements because they
promise to improve memory with no work on your part. Unfortunately,
they rarely deliver. I know that I was unable to improve my memory by
taking these pills. All I did was waste money that I could have spent
on memory improvement books.
Those books were quite a bit more successful. Although they take a long
time to improve memory, they do eventually work. They have a lot of
interesting techniques in them based on the way that memory works. If
you can list things in different ways in your head, you can take
advantage of the way that memory tends to group multiple pieces of data
together. For example, if you can remember facts in chunks of three or
four together, you can fit much more into your brain at once. The
techniques are explained in simple ways that allow you to practice them
over and over again until you get them right. Although these books
don't deliver on improving your memory overnight like they say they
will, they still do help in the long run.
Of course, the most novel way to improve working memory is through self
hypnosis. A lot of companies sell hypnosis tapes they claim will help
you improve memory by reprogramming your brain To function in a more
efficient way. This is almost entirely nonsense. Although in theory
hypnosis works, in practice you would be much better to work on
improving short term memory through exercises.
one of the task that people tend to forget is a
series of exercises let say in yoga or gymnastic. no matter how many
times you saw the instructor doing the exercise and you follow him
doing the exercises in the club or in class, when you go home trying to
remember the sequence you fail. another example is jokes, people tend
to forget jokes the minute after they hear the jokes. i have now more
then 300 jokes and stories that i can tell just from the name or from 4
words from the story or the joke. so let me give you a simple method
you can try yourself. first you have to commit that you go for it. it
must be important for you so you take it seriously and make the effort
necessary to accomplish the task. it seems long but as you see no
matter how long you did something before you still don't remember so it
worth the effort to succeed next time. the main principle is to do one
at the time many time step by step with all the ceremony involved. if
it has few steps take 1 step at a time, after 2 at a time then 3 at a
time and repeat the group until you feel that it staked in your memory.
after doing it and repeat for 10 time the full sequence you will see
that you can't forget it anymore. if you let say jump one step you feel
it and you must do it.
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