8 TIPS TO IMPROVE MEMORY
* Memory- Learning can be made more effective by semantic (MEANING BASED) processing (i.e. focusing on the meaning of the material to be learned) and by the use of imagery.
* Mnemonic strategies, often making use of semantic processing and imagery, can assist learning and memory, especially for material that has little intrinsic meaning.
Mnemonic is a technique or device, such as a rhyme or an image that uses familiar associations to enhance the storage and recall of information in memory. Three important parts are incorporated into this definition:
- The use of familiar associations,
- The storage or coding, of information
- The remembering of information that is stored.
* You can improve your recalling by strategies to increase the effectiveness of recall hints, including contextual hints.
* Organizing through meaning and association: When you are having difficulty recalling new material, you can help bring it to mind. By thinking about what you have associated it with. In other words–retrace your mental path.
* Vivid associations: When learning something new and unfamiliar, try pairing it with something you know very well. Such as images, puns, music, etc.
* Pulling it all together: By arranging and adding meaning to the material prior to learning it. You can facilitate both storage and retrieval.
* Pay attention: It takes about eight seconds of intent focus to process a piece of information through your hippocampus and into the appropriate memory center. So, no multitasking when you need to concentrate. If you distract easily, try to receive information in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted.
* Involve as many senses as possible: Even if you’re a visual learner, read out loud what you want to remember. Try to relate information to colors, textures, smells, and tastes.