When it comes to memorising facts, figures or that speech, remember that your brain is an extraordinary organ in your body.

Everything that you experience in your life is stored as information in your mind.  All the new faces, the names, the places, just everything is saved there.

Here are some tips to help you remember what you need to remember:

The tips are going to help you use what psychologist call eidetic memory.

Eidetic memory it’s the strongest type of memory you can use if you are in a hurry and you need to learn how to memorize things fast.

With anything in life it takes a little bit of practice before you can apply this technique in any moment of your life.

So give these tips a go.

Tip 1:  Don’t give up

Trying to memorise something takes time and using this technique will be not as effective the first time, the second time or even the third. But the more you practice the better you get.  Before you know it you have memorised what you need to memorise.

Tip 2:  Stay away from stress.

If you need to acquire a lot of information in short period of time, stress is going to be a huge obstacle for your memory.  The trick here is to stay calm and really relax yourself.  Take a few deep breaths if you need too and believe that you can and you will.

Tip 3: Chunk it up.

A new learning technique called “Spaced reputation” involves breaking up information into small chunks and reviewing them consistently over a long period of time.  So don’t try to memorize the whole passage in one sitting—instead learn a few rows every day and review each lesson before starting anything new.

Tip 4: Visualize

One of the weirdest (But my top tip) and most effective ways to remember something is to associate it with a visual image. Visualize all that knowledge already in your mind.  Visualize the story behind what you are learning.  Eventually you have a place in your head full of information that you can access at any time. It sounds crazy, but science says it works.

Tip 5: Read and listen

Reading and listen to all the information you need to memorize.  Then after you finish, take a moment and try to recall aloud as much of the information as you can from your mind.  Repeat this simple process at least five times in a row.

Tip 6 Move around.

Research suggests studying the same stuff in a different place every day makes us less likely to forget that information. Every time we move around, we force the brain to form new associations with the same material so it becomes a stronger memory.

Tip 7 Work it out.

Get stronger and brainier at the same time. Research has found just half an hour of aerobic exercise can improve our brain-processing speed and other important cognitive abilities.  Get some fresh air, go for a walk or run around the block and see if you don’t come back with a few more IQ points.

Tip 8 Learn what works.

Some people are early birds, some are night owls; some prefer to study in a group, others need complete and total silence. Experiment to find what’s most effective for you, and then stick with it!

I hope these tips help, I am not saying they work for everyone we all learn in different ways. Pick and choose which ones works for you. The fact is more and more research is validating that the mind is indeed like a muscle. The more the mind is used, the more robust memory may become. You know what they say “use it or lose it” seems it just does not apply to the body but to the mind as well.

Moving around, visualisation and being calm work for me.

What about you? What techniques worked for you?

Until next time

Wajeeha.

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