Many people think that your memory naturally deteriorates as you get older and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it. Thankfully, that is not the case. In this article we’ll show you what kind of steps you can take to retain or even strengthen your memory regardless of your age.
If you need to remember some information, study it regularly instead of cramming it in all at once. Research has shown that studying something in short, but frequent, sessions produces better results than spending one long period of time cramming it in. Shorter, more frequent sessions allow your brain time to process what it has learned and to commit the information to memory.
When learning a new concept, teaching someone else the concept has been proven to be an effective way to improve your memory. The reason for this is that when you teach someone else the concept, you must first have an understanding of it and then be able to phrase it yourself. It is significantly more effective than simply trying to remember a concept word for word.
One method you can use to help you commit things to memory is to use mnemonic devices. A mnemonic device is a simple technique to aid recall of information you are trying to remember. You might develop a rhyme, a joke or a joke to help you remember a piece of information. An example of a common mnemonic is “1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”. You can utilize this same type of rhyming scheme to help you remember a specific date or term.
Use regular study sessions over a period of time rather than a single cramming session. Studies have shown that if you study material over a course of a few days, you have a better chance of remembering it than if you cram in a single night. So instead of cramming the night before a test, establish a regular study time each night or every other night.
To try to remember more things. You may want to create a catchy song. People find that putting important information into a song helps their memory. Try to find words that rhyme, and do not put anything too complicated into the song, as that could just end up confusing you more.
A great method for strengthening your memory power is to serve as a teacher. As an example, if the details about teaching one of your grandchildren how to swim are becoming fuzzy, it helps to tell as many people as you can about the event. This also allows you to properly encode the memory into your brain, making it much easier to call upon when needed.
As stated in the beginning of this article, you don’t have to let your memories slip away just because the years are stacking up on you. Knowing what you can do to improve your memory can make a huge difference on how much you remember and how often you are able to remember it.