1. The Loci Technique

1. The Loci Technique

Also known as “The Memory Palace, it consists of associating each item you’re trying to remember with a specific image and a place. You can imagine the items lying around in places that have a personal meaning to you.

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Acronyms, music (very effective) or rhyme, or sentences of words that start with the same letter as the items you are trying to memorize are all mnemonic techniques that help you to remember and retrieve information.

3. The Storytelling Technique

Stories encompass all the qualities of information that makes our brain love and remember it: vivid and colorful picture and engaging plotlines about other beings that are alive.

By creating a narrative that is interesting to and include items you need to memorize, you create a story your brain can follow.

4. Chunking

Consists of grouping items together based on context or pattern that feels meaningful to you in order to remember them easier. Like grouping groceries list after the alphabet or by type of food.

5. The Building Technique

Consists of developing a deeper understanding of something and relating facts and concepts about it to each other in order to help you understand them better. 

This can be used in conjunction with other techniques and is ideal for more complex concepts or facts.

6. Repetition

For simple concepts and words, you repeating them up to 30 times helps memorization. Bigger things, such as speeches or job presentations, might require more repetitions.

If possible try to understand the essence of what you are trying to memorize in order to avoid mistakes and hiccups if you forget words or mix up the order of your points.

7. Mind Maps

Best to breaking down longer text or multiple documents.

Start by writing the central topic or idea you are trying to remember on paper, preferably expressed by one or two words. Then, connect it to sub-topics with simple lines as they relate to each other. The further away from the main topic you are, the more in detail about the topic you get.

8. Lifestyle improvements

Improving your lifestyle might not give you an overnight boost in memory but it will have a positive long-term effects that potentializes other effective.

Simple ways to improve your lifestyle are proper sleeping, healthy eating and consistently practicing exercises that elevate your pulse. These have been shown to 

Things You Don’t Need to Memorize

Our brains have limited power to remember and process things. To remediate that we can automate repetitive tasks using techniques like time blocking. This entails blocking off time on your calendar for fairly mundane tasks that happen in your life on a regular basis.

Blocking off time on your calendar gives your brain permission to stop thinking about those tasks because the time to complete them has been allocated already.

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  1. Encoding - the stage when the brain consciously acknowledges information based on our senses. When we attach meaning or factual knowledge to any of this sensory input, that's called semantic encoding which makes us retain memories longer.
  2. Storage - it is when information is stored in different areas of the brain, thanks to the neurons that connect every time we perceive information.
  3. Recall - when our brain "replays" or revisits our memory even though it is not as exact as the first one.

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This memorization technique involves creating associations between items in a list and assigning images to each connection to help you memorize better. 

For instance, your accounting exam is tomorrow and you need to memorize which items fall under the Current Asset section of a balance sheet (Cash, Inventories, Accounts receivable, Prepaid expenses).

Sleep and memory

Sleep is thought to help consolidate our memories by replaying or reactivating the information we’ve just learned.

That sleep doesn’t have to happen at night. Naps work too, bur mostly for people who are accustomed to regularly taking a nap in the afternoon. 

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