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- Use all the senses
If you can use not only your sense of sight but any or all of the other four senses in
your remembrances, then as these pieces of information are all stored in different
parts of the brain, you have many more chances of bringing the information back to mind
when it is needed.
|For example: Suppose that you met
someone in the middle of a crowded city street who told you something you really wanted to
remember. You could mentally file it away not only as a picture of the occasion, but
also remember the noise of the traffic and of his/her voice as you heard the news, the
smell of the exhaust fumes, the feel of the hard pavement under your feet and perhaps even
the taste of the gum you were chewing. Every association is a help.
- Give yourself enough TIME to store the information
Especially when you are new to the game, it takes time to make the necessary associations
and visualisations. This can be very difficult at a party for instance where you
meet several new people in quick succession. Once you have got into your routine for
remembering names and making quick associations, it definitely gets easier, but to begin
with you may have to withdraw a little from the socialising to get your thoughts sorted
Making notes later can be very useful.
- Reiterate and repeat, repeat repeat ..........
Repetition is vital to the memory process, and when we were young we did a great deal of
this with multiplication tables and spellings, with the result that many of these things
learnt long ago are second nature. The fact is that by repeating something often enough a
great number of connections are forged in the brain, and retrieval becomes easy and
So anything you want to be sure of remembering should be reviewed within an hour, then
again several hours later, just before bedtime and then again the next day. If we
look at the facts again a week later and then after a month, the information should be
fully embedded in memory.