We learn and take in different information through our entire lives. We may not even realize it but most of the information we take in just puffs away. Sometimes we rattle our brain to remember what we ate at breakfast the day before yesterday. Why do we forget little things so easily? Shouldn’t they easy things like this stay in our mind? No, they should not. Here’s why.
Our mind is like a hard drive. It has limited space. So it can not afford to put in unnecessary information and miss out all the important ones. That would not be very smart. However, we may encounter a situation where these things may come handy. Kind of reminds me of limitless. The protagonist was able to remember anything he needs. Even the little of the details that cannot even cross our mind. Just to be clear, that is impossible. Just imagine how what would the brain feel like doing all of that. It’s like taking out things out of trash can.
German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus explained the memory mechanism by forgetting curve. According to the research, we forget half of the things we learned in an hour. And till the next day, we just remember 30% of it. Hermann believed that space repetition can lift up the falling curve higher with every try. Here are 11 tips to train our brain to memorise anything.
1. Try To Understand
Understanding the text you want to learn will somehow make its place in the brain rather than the one with no meaning. Trying to learn something with no meaning would be like learning a poem with no rhyme. Besides if you forget a word, it’s likely that you would forget the rest of it because you no really have memorised the text but the sequence of words coming after the other. Make sense with what you are trying to memorise so you can put the missing piece of the puzzle in the place if you get stuck.
2. Learn The Most Necessary Information
If you feel like that you have too much on your plate, try to prioritize. Doing the necessary part would give you the feeling that many parts of it are done. If you get some time after fishing that, great.
3. Serial Position Effect
Sort out the things in order. The key point is that that beginning and the end of the ordered things are most remembered. Make sure that you prioritize your work in the beginning and in the end.
4. Mind Palace
May remind you of Sherlock Holmes who was able to sit for hours searching in his mind palace for the necessary information. It’s like association the piece of information with a place.
To know more about it, do read the following article that has opened up the outline of the concept of the amazing technique of mind palace, The Amazing Mind Palace
5. Interference Theory
We are losing our focus span with the passage of time. Hence, roughly after 15 minutes, the level of our focus may start to decrease. Take a break for a few minutes. Do something different from what you were doing. Like playing the guitar or take a walk. The essence of this point is not to get distracted while we do out work that matters. So try not to do open the social media or TV that would get you distracted to whole another level.
6. Opposite Things
Opposite things attract, sure. When you learn something opposite, it makes some kind of connection between the two. For example, if you are learning a new language, try to learn things with their opposite, like day and night. If you forget one, the other would be there to remind you of its partner.
7. Makeup Stories
Works wonders. If you have a lot of information to be learned in a particular order, try to place them in a story. The story would create a connection between things more easily and would fit perfectly. Besides, it makes easier for the things whose concept is a little hard. May seem weird and hard at first, but a little practice can prove this technique to be surprising.
8. Record What You Learn
This technique may demand you to work better on the thing you are working on. Somehow, record the thing that you are learning and listen to it a few times. It would surely be weird to get used to your voice. But once it’s done, it may help you in many ways. First, you can look up to the information whenever you need. Second, it may help you learn faster as you are reading the text as well as hearing the text that gives you a stronger connection with it.
Some people are naturally visual learners. But if a non-visual learner ger accustomed to it, he or she can achieve something in a more productive way.