3 Tips for Improving Your Memory

Having a good memory can benefit anyone from professionals such as doctors, accountants, and engineers, students and even senior citizens. Our brains have an amazing capacity and only a small part of it is used. However, if you know the right techniques, you can improve your memory and by doing that improve your life.

According to research, most of our memory is short term. We lose about 50% of what we receive either by seeing or hearing almost immediately and about 20% after a day. On the other hand, long-term memory can last for years and even decades. Think about it. How long do you remember the names of your parents or your childhood address? How about your best friend’s name from 3rd grade?

Here are 3 simple tips that you can use to help you improve your memory.

Tip #1: Paying Attention
It’s important to get things right the first time. Tell yourself what is important to you to remember.
Then try to condense what you want to remember into a short sentence or a phrase that you can easily recall.

Tip #2: Use Mnemonic Devices
You can use mnemonic devices as a memory aid.
Using an acrostic is one example of this. When you were a child, I’m sure you’ve heard of this technique to remember the colors of the rainbow – “Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain” – where the first letters of the words in the sentence represents the colors of the rainbow. In this case the colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

Tip #3: Using External Devices
Put your PDA to good use. You can record notes to remind yourself of the things you need to do.
You can also get a cheap voice recorder and make voice notes to help you remember names, dates, facts or anything else that is useful to you.
Review the recording a few times each day and this should help you remember better.

Hock Ng

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