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5 Memory Tricks to Help You Learn

When you’re whiling away the time on your mobile phone playing those pesky ‘brain games’, do you ever get frustrated by the memory games? You know the ones where you must remember where that card was or something equally nefarious and tricky? 

INC says, “Those of us who are of a certain age may jokingly refer to memory lapses as “senior moments,” but a Trending Machine national poll tells a different story: Millennials between 18 and 34 are significantly more likely than their elders 55 or older to forget what day it is (15 vs. 7 percent), lose their keys (14 vs. 8 percent), forget to bring their lunch (9 vs. 3 percent) or even forget to take a bath or shower (6 vs. 2 percent).”

No doubt we all want to improve our memory (especially while we’re at University), and there are several memory tricks that you can use to boost that brainpower of yours. 

5 Memory Tricks for Varsity

Listen

It may seem like a no-brainer, but you can’t remember stuff that you didn’t absorb. So, when you’re sitting in that lecture room on those uncomfortable benches listening to Prof Boring, remember that you’re there for the information. Take notes, draw images, whatever it takes to help keep you on track.

Imagine

Most of our brains respond well to visual learning techniques, but if you have stuff to remember which is in written form, don’t despair. Create images in your mind of what you’re learning; engage all your sense. What would this concept look like if it were a picture? Anchor the thought to a familiar image or place which will help to retrieve it, or create a mind palace.

Repeat

Why is it that we can remember song lyrics from when we were 12 years’ old but can’t remember any of the information we’ve just read? It’s simple repetition. When we repeat a phrase over and over our brains develop stronger pathways, making it an easier memory to recall. 

Create a box

Abstract information is hard to retain. Our brains always want the answer to the question ‘why’ and when we have this, we have a box to put that information into. The next time we receive similar or associate info, we know where to put it. That is why it may be tricky to get into a new subject but once we’re on a roll, it all makes more sense. 

Explain

It’s been said that if you can’t explain something to someone else then you don’t understand it yourself. This is a great way to check ourselves when we’re feeling super confident about a subject and we think we have it down. Explain it to someone who doesn’t know anything about the topic and see if they grasp what you’re saying. If not, it’s back to the drawing board. 

When we are trying to absorb information, it’s always a good idea to work out the way that works best for us and practice, practice, practice.