What is your most important reason for wanting to improve your memory? Your reason is one of any number of possibilities and may be very different from your friend’s goal. As with many things in life, practice with something results in improvement.
As with the regular human tools of your mind, the more you practice with these tools, the more you will be effective in using them. Without practice and effort, you cannot have a good memory. All of the memory techniques you develop are very useful in everyday living.
Are you familiar with using mnemonics to help improve your memory? Mnemonics are techniques to remember information that are very hard to recall. The general idea in using mnemonics is to instill hard-to-recall-information in a way that they can easily be remembered.
Your brains is very complex and can encode and interpret sophisticated data like the following:
You can use these stimuli to create visual images, and use your memories to store these images.
Unfortunately, there is numerous information that you should remember today since the boom of information technology and the development of the modern world. While writing is a very good mode for complex discourse, your brain cannot easily document written information accurately.
The best method is to code information using regular images that we can reliably extract information. Since these images are very common, they are easily utilized to recall information that we need.
In using mnemonics, you can use the following categories to help you recall important data:
1. Vivid pleasant images – since brain has the tendency to eliminate negative ideas
2. Colorful images – since our brains have the tendency to recall color
3. Senses – mnemonics can also use sounds, tastes, smell, feelings as well as images
4. Dimension – giving your ideas dimension can make it more vivid and easier to recall. You can also use movements to maintain the flow of memory association
5. Humor and exaggeration– you can have fun while trying to recall data
6. Rhymes – the ears can easily interpret data when they are pleasant
7. Symbols – funny symbols can be associated with an idea quickly and effectively
There are three basic principles in using mnemonics: imagination, location and association. Combining with these principles can strengthen your use of memory techniques.
Imagination is what you use to design and enhance the memory needed to create effective mnemonics. Your imagination is what you use to create memory aids that are effective. The more you use your imagination and see the image, the more it will thoroughly stick to your mind for later use. The image you use in mnemonics can be clear, pleasant, funny, exaggerated or sensual as long as it can help you remember information.
Location can give you two major things: a concrete idea into which you can place data so that it can cling together, that it will not be bundled into other mnemonics. By placing one group of information in a particular location, you can separate it from a similar mnemonic with images of New York for example. You can also build smell, flavors or color of these places into your mnemonics to enhance the location.