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Tips For Getting Better at Memorising Things

 

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There’s often something really cool and fascinating about people who have great memories — who can tell you a detail about something they saw years ago, or who can quote some fact, poem or passage off the top of their head.

While some people are better at memorising certain information than others, the basic fact of the matter is that memory is also a skill — and there’s a good deal that you can do in order to get better at memorising things.

Whether you want to be less forgetful when it comes to the names of people you’ve just met, or whether you just like the idea of developing your memory for its own sake, here are a few tips for getting better at memorising things.

Practice memorising details that you find interesting in the first place

First things first: it’s always going to be easier to memorise information that seems significant to you in the first place, and that you find interesting.

In many cases, it will be this kind of information that sticks in your mind more or less automatically, without you actually having to try and make a conscious effort to memorise it.

When you’re striving to develop your memory, start by practising to memorise things that you find interesting as this will be easier and more motivating.

What kinds of things could fall under this heading for you? Likely anything ranging from song lyrics, to powerful historical quotes, to facts that you think would be fascinating to mention in conversation.

The other side of this coin is that cultivating your sense of interest and enthusiasm in general, and looking for interesting details in the things you encounter on a day-to-day basis, can help you to memorise a greater breadth of things, more easily, in general.

Go for high levels of repetition and use tools like flash cards

One of the most consistent ways of memorising something effectively, is through straightforward repetition — and you can click here for a selection of flash cards that are likely to help with that.

Ultimately, the more you pay attention to something and repeat it, the higher the likelihood that it will stick in your mind — but the point about paying attention is likely to be pretty significant.

By all accounts, it doesn’t seem like repeating something over and over while being totally distracted is likely to be very effective.

Consider “memory systems” based on visualisation practices

As strange and mysterious as it may sound, there are some very powerful “memory systems” that were developed centuries if not millennia ago, to help ancient poets and orators, among others, to remember great amounts of information.

These memory systems typically involve a significant amount of focused visualisation — such as by imagining a “memory palace”, and imagining a particular bit of information, in a particular location, in each room.

You can find a good deal of information about these kinds of systems by doing a bit of research online. With enough focus and dedication, the results can be significant.


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