Memory, in human reference, is the ability to store, retain and recall information when needed. Without hammering the mind in the definitions, let us look into the ten methods of boosting our memory:
1. Simple Repetition Method
The classical method is very popular in committing poems to memory by reading them repeatedly.
2. Full Concentration Method
Concentrate on the topic content while learning. Do not allow your mind to wander. Focus on names and numbers. Try deliberately to remember. Your approach should not be casual. Review soon after you learn, lest memory should fade away.
3. Visual Encoding Method
Translate information into visual formats like pictures, charts, diagrams, tables and graphs.
4. Logical Organization
The matter that is logically organized is retained better than the disjointed floating bits of information. Infuse meaning into whatever you learn. No “Nonsense Syllables”.
5. Mnemonics Method
Few good people try this method to learn some complicated series. There is no harm in using memory crutches like it after grasping the spirit of the lesson.
VIBGYOR is the most famous mnemonic that helps up to list the seven rainbow colors in their appropriate order.
Once, I remembered the name of the planets in the order of their distances from the sum by the acrostics, “My very enlightened mother just served us noodles-in plates”, as it tells me the names of nine planets ( off course, now they are eight, but I learned it earlier than the removal of pluto), in the order: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
6. Mock Teaching Method
If you find a particular portion of a chapter difficult to digest, imagine that you are teaching to a student sitting before you. Explain virtually the content of the lessen. The idea will get hammered into your mind.
7. Rhyming Method
Scholars say that verses are better than prose. Change any definition into verse and try to rhyme them. Remember, I discuss just verses and not poetry.
8. Chunking Method
Very popular method. You can divide a big list into a number of bits or chunks. For example, to remember a mobile number of ten digits, people usually split it to three or more chunks.
This involves the principle of association. First, make a list of ten or twenty convenient pegs or keywords that you can easily recall in the right sequence. For example, in alphabetical order, ant, butterfly, cat, dog, elephant, fox, and so on (Living beings are arranged). Cartoons also help in pegging.
This is the best method for students who want to learn very complicated topics. When you blog about any topic, you use all the nine methods listed above in your post. I got blogging, a superior method to the other nine.