6 mind exercises to improve memory

Cognition or our ability to think, is basically comprised of different functions. One of which is memory.
However, it seems to be a common phenomenon for us to consider lucky those who have an efficient memory. We all have the capacity to do just that but sad to say we have neglected measures how to achieve such ability.

Don’t fret though. Here are a few tips to get you started on improving your memory:

1. Pay attention
In this day and age when people seem to have shorter attention span than any other generation before us, it’s a bit challenging to actually stay put and pay attention. But it is a must if you want to improve your memory. It takes an approximate of 8 seconds before information gets register in your mind, and a whole lot longer than that for it to be engraved for future retrieval and use. So make sure to stay a little longer than usual when you want details to last a little longer than your cursory perception.

2. Involve senses
When committing information to memory, make sure you allow it to reach other senses. Connect how this car interior’s texture feel a lot like a fruit you’ve eaten recently or a type of cloth you’ve just came across with. Nail details to perceptive details your senses offer you so you can retrieve it easier and faster

3. Relate to existing information you know
When trying to learn new material, it sticks much longer to memory when you relate it to a previous learning you’ve already had. Connect it to an experience very familiar to you, and you’ll find you won’t forget that new information. If a name you have to remember sounds like a planet, then connect it to that planet. If a number you have to remember contains an area code you already know, connect it to the area code while committing it to memory. These simple techniques help you improve memory engraving.

4. Translate to your own words
When learning a new procedure, it’s always best to translate instructions as to how you would tell them to another person not familiar with it. Or in other words, try to teach it to someone else and you’ll find yourself more familiar with it than you would when learning alone. Make sure to translate it to your own words and not merely memorizing it word for word, as this hinders comprehension and therefore good memory build up.

5. Rehearsal
When trying to learn something new, make sure to keep practicing it until it’s a no-brainer for you to demonstrate it or teach it. Spaced rehearsal is always preferred over cramming.

6. Use mnemonic devices
If you find yourself with a load of information that you need to keep well-stacked in your memory, you could always use a good mnemonic device. Use abbreviations and other personally-relevant codes to help you commit otherwise foreign information in your head. This is effective especially for lengthy information.

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