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How to improve memory?

Memory, the method of acquiring and learning all sorts of information and helps in remembering past events, is also associated with high academic performance. You can improve your memory by chunking, using acronyms, reading books and other activities.

Use relation to remember and recall facts

To use relation effectively, create a strong image in your mind that helps you in remembering a word. For example, if you have trouble remembering the captain of the Argentina football team that won the world cup in 1986, just picture Diego Maradona holding aloft the world cup in your mind’s eye. This will help you in remembering and recalling this fact whenever it is necessary.

Read books

Imagine pictures, when you want to remember words

Improve memory by using chunking

Chunking, a method of grouping things together, helps you in memorizing things within a group. Sometimes, a random list of things is difficult to remember. For instance, a shopping list with several items can be extremely challenging to recall at the store. Categorize the individual items in the list. List all the dairy products together, the vegetables together, the fruits together, and the grocery items together. This will help you in remembering all the items easily.

Improve memory by using acronyms

Acronyms make for an excellent tool in improving memory. You can use them to remember a variety of things like the names of the five great lakes in the United States of America to the most common words used as conjunctions. For instance, HOMES is the acronym for Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior – the 5 great lakes in U.S.; FANBOYS is the acronym for For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So – the most commonly used conjunctions. You can either use popular acronyms, or create new ones.

Keep repetition exercises spaced out

Your memory will be longer term, when you learn at intervals.

Use relation to remember numbers

Let’s assume that you have difficulty in remembering your registration number for an examination. Break down the number into manageable chunks. Create images related with these chunks. It’ll be much easier for you to recall the number. In case, the number is 88464622; let’s say “88” is your house number, “46” is your mother’s age, and “22” is your age. Visualize your mother giving you the hall ticket of the examination at the doorstep of your house.

Methods of applying chunking

You can apply chunking in recalling a 10-digit phone number, 8884675177. Just split it with dashes to make 888-467-5177.

Keep learning new things

Activate all senses, use your imagination

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Improve memory by using acrostics

Acrostics, similar to acronyms, can be used to correctly remember the order of complex scientific concepts. For instance, consider the first letters of each word in the sentence: My Very Educated Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas. You can use these letters to remember the exact order of the planets in our solar system viz. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Repeat important things

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