How Good Is Your Memory?

Carefully read the following list and see what you find in  yourself.

1I Forget everything soon after memorizing it 
2I only remember those things that I noted down during lecture 
3I face problem in memorizing something 
4I feel depress when I could not learn or memorize something 
5I often forget names of people around me 
6I forget many things because of exams fear. 
7I Cannot memorize dry subjects. 

If you have ticked more than five statements in this checklist, you should read this chapter carefully so that you can better reflect on your upcoming new teaching performance while strengthening your memory.

Repeat

In our mind, something can only last for a long time if we give it too much importance or take it over and over again. If you stop valuing or repeating anything, the mind ends it as unimportant. Try to keep your things repetitive, doing so will increase your memory and enable you to remember as many things as you can.

One of my friends often forget name of people even from his family not only name of people but also name of movies, serials & Books. I applied these tools to improve his memory & they works in a great way. So, let’s find out those great tools of memorizing faster but before that I would like you to accompany me back in history when a German psychologist took an experiment to understand the phenomena of learning. His research proposed that mind is designed to delete the useless & irrelevant Information soon after you to go through them to use & keep only useful files for use. But how brain filters the useful & useless information? What are the parameters of brain to judge an information that either this information is useful or not? Yes, there is a filter & there is only one filter & it is “Non repetitive information filtration”

Let me Ask you few questions to understand this filter.

  • 1-What is the car plate number of your boss?
  • 2-What was the contact number of your old close classmate?
  • 3-What did you ate in the dinner day before yesterday?
  • 4-What is your route from home to office?
  • 5-What is your contact number?
  • 6-What is your boss’s email address?

If the answer of first three questions where “I don’t know” & the answers of last three questions were “yes I know” then you are half way down to understand this phenomenon. Look! your brain thinks that those pieces of information that you repeat often are important are useful & rest are crapes researcher after finding this pattern proposed the following tool to learn faster & for a longer period of time.

Short-term storage:

                              Right after learning – 1st Repetition

                              After 20 min – 2nd Repetition

                              After 8 hours – 3rd Repetition

                              After a day – 4th Repetition

Long-term storage:

                             Right after learning – 1st Repetition

                             After 20 min – 2nd Repetition

                             After a day – 3rd Repetition

                             After 2 weeks – 4th Repetition

                            After 2 months – 5th Repetition

So do repeat your content more than once if you want to improve your memory.

                                        Mnemonic

A mnemonic device, or memory device, is any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval in the human memory. Mnemonics make use of elaborative encoding, retrieval cues, and imagery as specific tools to encode any given information in a way that allows for efficient storage and retrieval.

The three fundamental principles underlying the use of mnemonics are:

1-Association

2-Imagination

3-Location

Working together, these principles can be used to generate powerful mnemonic systems. This Mind Tools presentation will show illustrations of many memory techniques and examples of areas where their application will yield serious advantage. Hopefully once you have absorbed and applied these techniques you will understand how to design and apply these principles to your field to design your own powerful, sophisticated recall systems.

These principles are explained below:

Association

Association is the method by which you link a thing to be remembered to a method of remembering it. Although we can and will suggest associations to you, your own associations are much better as they reflect the way in which your mind works.

Things can be associated by:

  • being placed on top of the associated object
  • crashing or penetrating into each other
  • merging together
  • wrapping around each other
  • rotating around each other or dancing together
  • being the same color, smell, shape, or feeling etc

Whatever can be used to link the thing being remembered with the image used to recall it is the association image.

As an example: Linking the number 1 with a goldfish might be done by visualizing a 1-shaped spear being used to spear a goldfish to feed a starving family.

Imagination

Imagination is used to create the links and associations needed to create effective memory techniques – put simple, imagination is the way in which you use your mind to create the links that have the most meaning for you. Images that I create will have less power and impact for you, because they reflect the way in which we think.The more strongly you imagine and visualize a situation, the more effectively it will stick in your mind for later recall. Mnemonic imagination can be as violent, vivid, or sensual as you like, as long as it helps you to remember what needs to be remembered.

Location

Location provides you with two things: a  context into which information can be placed so that it hangs together, and a way of separating one mnemonic from another: e.g. by setting one mnemonic in one village, I can separate it from a similar mnemonic located in another place.

So, using the three fundamentals of Association, Imagination and Location you can design images that strongly link things with the links between themselves and other things, in a context that allows you to recall those images in a way that does not conflict with other images and associations.

Connecting Dots

Here’s a set of twenty words for you to remember. Will you miss it right away?

HomeBus
AirportLondon
TaxiHotel
RainFood
SleepNoise
SunTea
CarBook
ShopBeautiful
OldRed
GlassesPay

Now close your eyes for thirty seconds and move.

And once again write all the words on your paper, which are still in your memory.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

S.NoWords Memorized/RecalledRemarks
0120Perfect
0217-19Excellent
0314-16Very Good
0411-13Good
0507-10Average
06Less Than  07Below Average

In fact, there is a philosophy in which you can combine all the words into a story. And our brain can remember things better connected to each other. For example, we shape the words given above. As I got out of the HOME in the morning, boarded the BUS and headed to the AIRPORT. From there I arrived in LONDON. From here I took a TAXI and reached the HOTEL. By then it had started RAINING so I ordered FOOD & planned to have SLEEP after it.I heard NOISE outside & I woke up, The SUN was up when my eyes opened in the morning. I took TEA, took my CAR and went to BOOKSTORE to buy some Psychology Books. The SHOP was very beautiful and there was an OLD MAN wearing a RED shirt and having a beautiful GLASSES. I PAYED for the book and came back.

You read this story carefully twice and now write the words you were given above.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If you memorize all the words in a story like this, it will be easier for you to create a sequence that is a way that you can work hard to remember anything. You just have to bring things together.

                                Peak Time for Mind Energy

The human mind is completely calm and refreshed after a complete sleep in the morning. If you get up early in the morning to study, your memory strength will increase and you will save more and more things in your brain. I can improve.

                                   Exercise & Memory

Our brains rely on oxygen to function properly, and to get that oxygen, we need a healthy flow of oxygen-rich blood to our brains. Exercise improves blood flow to the brain. Researchers at the National Institute on Ageing discovered that aerobic exercise, such as running, is linked with improved memory. Exercise such as this trigger high levels of a protein called cathepsin B, which travels to the brain to trigger neuron growth and new connections in the hippocampus, an area in the brain believed to be critical for memory.

Don’t rush to get your running shoes on just yet, though. After studying or learning something new, it might pay to wait. Exercising about 4 hours after learning might be better for improving memory than exercising immediately after. Scientists are still unsure why delaying exercise is more effective than working out immediately, but perhaps our brains need time to soak in new information before that brain-boosting exercise.

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