Smart Everyday Strategies for Memory

Neocortical Neurons

Establish Routines: It is easy to find things if you put them in the same place each time, right?  The same is true with your thought life; the more you think or do the same process over again, the easier it is to remember to do it!

Write It: The repetition of writing what you are learning is a great way to help your brain have an additional physical record to recall the data in the future when you really need to bring it back to memory.

Say It Out Loud: Again, another method of repetition that aids your brain to deepen those memory traces for the future file location.  So for example, you have an item to return to a friend when you meet on Wednesday, say out loud, “I am putting Tammy’s essential oil bottle next to my keys for Wednesday.” Letting your ears register the information, increases your chance of calling up the info in time.

Do It: Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice does.  However, when you learn something begin applying that information immediately.  The movement is an additional sensory input and gives your brain better chances of recalling the new process when you go to do it again.

Use Imagination:  The Roman Room method or Number Rhyme System are great examples of using imagination for recall.  In general when you have an item to commit to memory look for a landmark to help you by associating the item visually to the physical landmark. In studies, these imaginary cues roved to e as effective as external cues.  Also, the more senses you add along with the item, the higher the likelihood of recall.

 

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