Today I’m going to take you through six memory mnemonics methods that I strongly recommend you use as tools to improve your memory.
Using visual images with Association:
With this method you’re going to make a visual image of what it is that you need to remember. The most important part of this technique keeping everything positive bright and out of the ordinary. The reason we do this is so that the images we choose are completely different to the images we take in every day. If these images are more colourful, happier or something really strange or even quirky! Our brains will find it far easier to remember.
For example, let’s say you are meeting a friend for lunch at an Italian restaurant down town at 2 PM. Now the first thing you want to do to create your image is to start thinking bright colourful and out of the ordinary. For this memory I would create an image of my friend and I sitting at the restaurant down town laughing and smiling with two leaning towers of pizzas in the background as our view. What I have done here is simple and created a positive brightly coloured memory with two leaning towers of pizza! The two towers means 2 PM. I now know I am having lunch at an Italian down town with my friend at 2 PM. Simple!
Making up sentences:
By making up unique sentences to represent the first letters of what you need to remember makes remembering lists a lot easier. What you need to do here is to create a funny sentence using the initial letters of the words that are in your list. For examples: a simple grocery list consisting of Potatoes, Avocados, Strawberries, Bread and Milk. The sentence: Peter Asked Susan to Buy Milk. The first letters of each word represent something in our list. You see it is far easier for our brains to remember a sentence than a list of words. By understanding how our brains actually work we can improve your memory substantially.
An acronym is a word made up of the first letters to sentence or name of an organisation. In good example of an acronym we use on the Internet daily is HTTP (Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol ). So if you’re needing to remember a sentence create yourself an acronym. Another famous example is the word “HOMES” that is used to remember the names of the five great Lakes. Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.
Using rhymes and alliteration:
Try using rhymes or creating funny jokes to remember those mundane facts and figures. Many of us learned some of these rhyming techniques when we were kids at school. Such as I before E, except after C. And “weird” is just weird. The key here once again is to be creative and logical.
What do we mean by chunking things. Chunking is taking large strings of information and chunking the information into smaller more digestible pieces of information. This technique works particularly well with remembering large numbers such as phone number. Instead of remembering a large string of numbers like 9187689675 we brake that down to 918 – 768 – 9675. The numbers seem to roll of the tongue almost like a rhyme as opposed to one big number. Breaking things down to remember is far easier and will help boost your memory.
The Method of Loci:
In this method you need to use a common area or place for you and place uncommon and even surprising elements in that area. The best example would be to use a place like your home or apartment. Then if you were trying to remember a shopping list say consisting of Bananas, bread, milk and apples. Then you would visualise each of your shopping list’s components some where in your house. It’s far better to be creative, funny and imaginative. So for example: Bananas are chasing the bread down the stairs, the milk is lying at the bottom of the stairs waiting to slip the bread and bananas up and the apples are waiting at the front door with your bag to catch them all.
These scenarios are totally crazy and something you’ll probably never see in your house. This surprising and crazy scenarios is far easier to remember than a long boring list of food items.
In many of these memory mnemonics tools its just about having fun and being creative with your mind. The more you practice these mnemonics the easier they will become to create.
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