7 ways to remember more and learn faster

Stop feeling guilt for forgetting important information quickly. After all, you can develop your memory, or at least use it to the maximum current capacity. There are several simple and effective techniques.

1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Improve overall health through good sleep, regular exercise and proper nutrition, you will not only strengthen the body but also improve brain function. Including, and memory.

2. Use Association

Associations play a leading role in the work of mnemonics - the rules and methods for effective memorization. Here are some of the most popular ones.

  • The mnemonic phrases. To the children, it was easier to remember the colors of the rainbow, in kindergarten yet they are introduced with the phrase "Every hunter wants to know where sits Pheasant". As you know, the first letters of each word are the first letters of colors.  Both phrases to help remember unrelated items, inscribing them in the overall context.
  • Auditory association. Another powerful mnemonic tool - it's the music. It structures the information and prompts to the repetition. So, remember haunting song is much easier than a long sequence of words or letters. If the school you are taught the English alphabet, perhaps the teacher involved for you famous song ABC song. Millions of children memorize it with the help of English letters.
  • Rhymes. You may be familiar with the poem, which is taught to remember the value of pi. In his example, you can be sure that, in terms of mnemonics, rhymes are close to the musical associations. When the end of each line rhymes with the other, it creates a catchy structure similar to the song. Only, in this case, no sound.
  • Visual Association. One of the key techniques that help us to keep the memories in my head, is visualization. Words and numbers hard to remember, because it is an abstraction, that the brain is difficult to fix. But keep in mind the visual images much easier. So try to visualize complex information in mind to remember it longer. So, not to forget the number of 210, it is possible to link the features included in it with similar numbers, but more vivid images. For example, a swan (2) floats to the checkbox (1) to eat a donut (0).

3. Build a Memory Palace

Memory Palace - another method, which is based on the association. It was invented more ancient orators, and the fruit of their work is still considered to be a convenient and effective technique of memorizing. No matter what you want to memorize - speech for speech, details of workload or products to your shopping list - Memory Palace will help with everything.

Leading technology that we use, the best mental athletes remains and will always remain a memory palace. If you want to master one of the mnemonics, learn precisely this.
Delis Nelson (Nelson Dellis), four-time winner of the US Memory Championship
The essence of the memory palace is that you associate familiar with your room and its contents with fragments of memorized information. For example, imagine your house and bind the concepts that you want to remember, with any interior. This works because you mentally attach new images to those already well remember.

4. Memorize the information in parts

To quickly memorize large amounts of information, you can memorize it in small pieces. Most likely, with this technique, you have already faced. For example, when the phone number memorized. After all, the same sequence of numbers is easier to be memorized when broken into fragments (888 555 0000), than the whole (8885550000). According to scientists, the average human brain is able to be stored in short-term memory for up to four items at a time. But grouping the new data, we can overcome this limit.

Proper fragmentation of information includes a classification of elements in search of patterns and structuring them. To use this method, for example, to memorize a foreign language, unfamiliar words, you can group by topic and then divide into small groups. Then one group can be taught by one using the other methods of memorization.

5. Write down the new information

There are several reasons why the entry of text by hand helps to remember it better than typing on the keyboard. When you draw each character manually, this process stimulates the area of the brain called the "reticular activating system." As a result, the brain pays more attention to the record. Studies have shown that when people outline the using a laptop, they write down the contents of the lecture verbatim. And during manual recording, we often paraphrase the material, therefore, more and more involved in the learning process. You will extract a double benefit, if you add a note to visual images, making notes in the mental maps.

6. Use interval repetition

You can for a long time to prepare for exams or just to learn something for themselves, and then instantly forget everything that just recently remembered well. If we do not repeat the information on a regular basis, then we forget it for a few days or weeks. This is the natural specificity of the human brain. In order to remember something for a long time, like foreign words or professional information, it is necessary to repeat it at regular intervals. Such a technique called spaced repetition.

7. Share the learned information with other

As they say, the best way to learn any subject - to explain it to others. In scientific studies, this phenomenon is called the effect protégé. In one of the research assistants observed as a retelling of learned information affects the academic performance of students. If you have got known how to write a college level paper, do not hesitate to share this information with your friend or neighbor. Students explain the new material and the virtual interlocutor on the results uncovered several advantages to this approach. He helped students find the gaps in knowledge and to structure them, and also contributed to a more thorough study of the subject.

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