12 Secrets for Memorizing Things Easily
Bright Side decided to learn why this happens and find a way to memorize information much more effectively. There is a universal formula that helps us to memorize things more easily that was made by Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist. And it works.
Why we forget
How to remember everything
12 more memorizing tips
- Try to understand what you learn. Things that you understand are memorized 9 times faster.
- Learn the most necessary information. You need to set your priorities correctly.
- Take this into consideration: things that are at the beginning and at the end are memorized the best (serial position effect).
- Switch your attention from one topic to another. Remember that similar memories get mixed (interference theory) and become a mess.
- Learn opposite things. For example, if you are learning a foreign language, memorize day and night. Opposites are easier to memorize.
- 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 a thing you are learning to something in your room. Repeat it a few times. After that, try to recall what the room looks like in your memory, and repeat the things you learned this way.
- Use “nail words.” The point of the technique is to nail one learned thing to another. So when you think of the nail, you automatically recall the other thing.
- Associate new words with those you already know. If you are learning a language, you can memorize something new based on what you know.
- Make up stories. If you need to memorize a lot of information in some 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.
- Use a tape recorder. Record the information you are learning, and listen to the recording a few times. This method works best for people who memorize audio information better.
- Visualize. Use body language when learning. This will help you trigger your muscle memory.
- Choose only the best materials. Don’t use
outdated books and methods of learning. Things might have changed a lot
since the books were written. Don’t waste your time on something that
may turn out to be wrong.