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Sunday, 17 June 2012

20 Memory Techniques (Part 1)

Experiment with these techniques to develop a flexible, custom-made memory system that fits your style of learning.

The 20 techniques are divided into four categories, each of which represents a general principle for improving memory.

ORGANIZE IT. Organized information is easier to find.

USE YOUR BODY. Learning is an active process; get all of your sense involved.

USE YOUR BRAIN. Work with your memory, not against it.

RECALL IT. Regularly retrieve and apply key information. Read this article with application in mind. Mark the techniques which you like best and use them. Also look for ways to combine techniques.  


1.       Be selective. There’s a difference between gaining understanding and drowning in information. During your stay in higher education, you will be exposed to thousands of facts and ideas. No one expects you to memorize all of them. To a large degree, the art of memory is the art of selecting what to remember in the first place.

As you dig into your textbooks and notes, make choices about what is most important to learn, make choices about what is most important to learn. Imagine that you are going to create a test on the material and consider the questions you would ask.

When reading, look for chapter previews, summaries, and review questions. Pay attention to anything printed in bold type. Also notice visual elements – tables, charts, graphs, and illustrations. All of these are clues pointing to what’s important. During lectures, notice what the instructor emphasizes.

Anything that’s presented visually – on the board, on overheads, or with slides – is probably key.   

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