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We all have that one person in our environment that memorizes everything with incredible ease. Would you like to be that person? You probably think it’s not possible, some people are just born with it. That is true, some people have an innate talent for memorizing things, but this handy feature can also be learned with the help of some personal effort! There are various techniques and all of them can be divided into three big groups which are auditory, visual and experiential. Most people are a combination of two of these three types. Once you determine which type you are, you will have taken your first step towards fast memory!
If you are an auditory learner, it would be very beneficial for you if you studied out loud. Studies have shown that reading out loud while studying is 50% more effective than reading in silence. While you study, try recording your own voice and then replaying it whenever you can. Listening to your own voice will make the material sound familiar and it will make you memorize it more easily. Plus, it’s very convenient to have the recordings in your phone and listen to them on your way to work or school or just while doing chores at home.
2. Writing Down
Writing things down works like a charm for visual types of learners. While studying, you could try and make notes, draw diagrams or little drawings that remind you of what you are studying. Writing things down on various colorful sticky notes has been proven very successful for memorizing things. Flashy colors and the fact that there is very little writing on them makes it very appealing to our brain, hence easier to remember.
3. Teach Someone
Another great method for learning and remembering information is teaching. If you are able to teach another person something, then this means that you were able to fully understand and memorize everything there is to know about the subject. You can try this on your colleagues or even yourself. Explain what you learned to yourself if there isn’t anyone else. It might sound strange, but it is equally effective!
Associations are a very powerful tool in the process of learning. Think of mental connections to the key points of your study material and you will see what an important role they have when recalling things you learned. You can even create mind maps for each topic, they consist of boxes with writings on them and arrows or lines connecting them. There are instructions on how to properly create a mind map. This method is particularly useful to the visual and experiential types.
5. Taste and Smell
This might sound unusual, but it actually does work. Try chewing a gum while studying and after a while, when it’s time for you to recap what you learned, chew the gum of the same flavor and it will help you remember faster. This technique can be used with smells, too!
These were some tricks you can use when trying to remember things easier. Try some of them, depending on your learning type and you will see results even after the first try. It is advisable to combine several methods and see which ones are more suitable for you. Once you discover which type of learner you are, it will be easier for you to choose techniques that are good for you. As soon as you start using some of these on a regular basis, you will notice that your memorizing has improved permanently as well!
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