How to Memorize Things - 11 Long Time Memorization Tips

Let's talk about why we forget things. Your brain is like a hard drive and the space is limited, all new data is stored in the short-term memory not the long one so if you don't repeat it or use it you forget it very quickly.

A German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus researched the memory and its mechanisms he described ‘the forgetting curve’ which shows that:
-Just one hour after learning something new we forget more than half of the learned information.
-one day later we remember only about 30% and so on.

How to Remember Everything? 
There is a memorization technique called spaced repetition.
To keep some information in your head for a longer time you need to try to put it into your long-term memory and first memorization is not very effective in this case because your brain can't make sense of the information quickly.

How to Memorize Something Quickly?
1st Repetition: To memorize something quickly repeat the information right after learning it.
2nd Repetition: after 15 to 20 minutes.
You don't need to return to the information between repetitions just rest and do something different let your brain relax.
3rd Repetition: after 6 to 8 hours.
Final Repetition: 24 hours after the first contact with the information.

Try this method next time you need to memorize something quickly.

How to Memorize Something for a Long Time?
If you want to remember things for a long time you need to extend the memorization period, here's the memorization plan:

1st Repetition: Right after learning
Just like in the previous technique
2nd Repetition: after 20 to 30 minutes
3rd Repetition: should be only after one day.
4th Repetition: after two to three weeks.
Final Repetition: after two to three months.

This way you can learn something for a very long time because the brain thinks that if you return to the information it means that it's necessary so it doesn't get erased.

Now here are 11 simple tips that will help you memorize things easier and faster,
1.     Try to Understand What You Learn: 
You probably know the feeling when you're learning something but you don't understand the information usually such learning turns into a nightmare, another bad thing about learning something you don't understand is that if you forget some part of it you will not be able to continue because you have only memorized the order of words not their actual meaning, so you should not be doing it this way.

What you should do is read the entire piece of information and figure out what the main point or points are try to retell what you have read using your own words.

Do it as simply as you can if you are successful that means you understood the information and now it will be way easier to memorize the details.

2.     Learn the most necessary information:
If you feel like you have too much on your plate, set your priorities correctly, decide what you have to know and what you can do without just fine, after that focus on the key parts of what you need to memorize if you find some time to devote to the less important information that’s great otherwise it’s okay.

3.     Serial position effect:
Remember: the beginning and the end are memorized the best, use this effect to your advantage, and sort the information so that the key parts are at the beginning and at the end.

4.     Interference Theory:
Switch your attention from one topic to another, from one activity to another.

For Example:
If you're preparing for a public talk, you've learned the text for 15 minutes it's time to take a break. Rest every 15 to 20 minutes because this is the period when attention is at its best and people usually stop being attentive so the best thing you can do is switch to something completely different.

Another thing you should be careful with is learning some similar information interference theory suggests that similar memories get mixed and become a mess that's why if you know you're about to learn something that at least remotely resembles what you've already learned it is recommended to take a long break before starting something new.

5.     Learn Opposite Things:
Opposites are easily memorized in pairs.
For example: if you're learning a new language memorized day and night together, this way you will build a connection between these two things in your mind so if you forget one of them the second one will help you recall.

6.     Build Your Own Mind Palace: 
The idea is to associate certain things with a certain place.

For Example:
If you are in your room try to connect the thing you are learning to something in your room, repeat it a few times after that to recall what the room looks like in your memory and repeat the things you learned this way.

Or you can also try this: Divide all the material you need to memorize into a few parts, learn these parts in different parts of your apartment or better in different places in your city.

This way the memorized information won't be something dull or boring it will be associated with some other memories, smells of places, people you saw there and so on.

7.     Use Nail Words:
The point of this technique is to nail one learned thing to another. For example: If you need to memorize the French for nail you should also look up wall hammer and other words you can logically connect to nail.

8.      Make Up Stories:
If you need to memorize a lot of information in a particular order, try to put the pieces into a story, it's important that the pieces are connected to each other with some kind of plot so if you accidentally forget something you can always recall what was supposed to happen next. 
In the story, this might seem like you need even more effort but it’s true, it works wonders.

9.     Use A Tape Recorder:
Actually does anybody use a tape recorder anymore well record the information somehow you are learning and listen to the recording a few times, yes it might take you some time to get used to the sound of your voice, It might seem strange or unpleasant in the beginning this method is handy because it allows all types of memory work,
-First you read the information.
-You saw it with your eyes while recording.
-Then you heard it with your ears.

The More Contact You Have With What You Are Learning, The Better You Memorize It.
10.   Visualize:
Use your body language when learning, this will help you trigger your muscle memory.
11.  Choose Only The Best Materials:
Don't use outdated books and methods of learning.
Things have changed a lot since the books were written, don't waste your time on something that may turn out to be wrong.
Go online and check the most recent information on the subject.

Gifts for You:
Book Name: Unlimited Memory
Short Description: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive.
How to Memorize Things - 11 Long Time Memorization Tips How to Memorize Things - 11 Long Time Memorization Tips Reviewed by Bhoral Bajni on February 28, 2018 Rating: 5

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