Whether you are an average person wanting to reduce forgetfulness, a university student studying for finals, or an academic thrill seeker wanting to perform mental feats, this list will unlock doorways into your own memory that you’ve probably never witnessed before. These 25 fooproof techniques to enhance your memory have been specially listed, from the basic methods that you can learn overnight to advanced methods that may take weeks to perfect. Although we’d love to explain detailed examples of each technique step-by-step, we didn’t want to make a post so long that it would bore you to death. So, have a tab open for Google, and get ready to memorize like you’ve never done so before!
Visual Association in Vocabulary
Our brains store information based on past experiences, and we tend to automatically relate new information to these past events in order to remember them. This is association. However, you can also apply visual association to learn new vocabulary. Take the word ‘risorius,’ for
example. The risorius is a facial muscle that helps make us smile. By breaking down parts of the word, you can create an association. In this case, “Risorius” sounds like “Why–So-serious?” famously spoken by the Joker from the Batman series. And what better way to memorize the function of the risorius, than to picture that wide crimson grin from the Joker, himself. Having this image implanted in your mind whenever the word risorius pops up will guarantee that you never forget it.
Link, Chain , or Story Method
Once you’ve learned how to convert ideas to objects and pictures in your brain, you can now begin “linking” them together. This method is best used for memorizing long lists. Say you want to remember the presidents in order beginning with Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. With a bit of word manipulation, your story may go like this. A man washes a ton (Washington) of clothes in a river. Suddenly, the river goes dry as he finds that the water has been blocked by two huge dams (Adams) that grew out of the ground. The man asks his “deaf son” (Jefferson) to take the clothes back home, but he can’t hear him. So the dad gets mad at his son (Madison). The fundamental key here is to create a silly story with the images that coincide with the items on your list. Why? Because our brains want to be entertained. The wackier the story line, the easier the story will be to remember.
This revolutionary method of memorization was popularized by creator Tony Buzan in the 1960s. Mind maps are made to utilize both sides of the brain in order to create organized associations with a certain spatial orientation and color. All in all, it is a method that improves recall, creativity, and problem solving. A map always begins in the center of a page with an idea represented by a vivid picture. Branches of information then radiate outward from this idea in order to establish mental connections to that specific central idea. It takes practice and time to make efficient maps. Yet, once one is made, it will likely stick in your memory for a long period of time.
The Peg System
Peg systems are predetermined lists that are best used for memorizing items in a particular order. Each system attaches an image to a basic or commonly known sequence- such as the alphabet or a set of numbers (as you’ll soon find out). The trick here is to use the same image for each “peg.” That way, you retain the order of items simply by attaching it to an image. With appropriate preparation and utilization, you will come to find that this system can store almost infinite amounts of information when mastered. If this sounds confusing, don’t worry. A few detailed methods are incorporated below.
The Alphabet Peg System
The alphabet peg system applies pictures to a sequence that almost everyone knows- the alphabet. The letters can represent animals, or you can make up your own images. Regardless, this method will get you to remember a series of information in exact order. So, unless you’ve never made it pass pre-kindergarten, this method works. As an example, we’ll remember a list of the following errands: walk the dog, mail a letter, and buy a hammer. Using the alphabet, ‘Ape’ represents the letter A. ‘Bean’ represents the letter B. ‘Sea’ represents the letter C, and so on. Now, attach the image to the pegs. Perhaps, you visualize an ape walking your dog, a jumping bean trying to escape a sealed envelope, and finally, attempting to ride your boat over a “sea” completely filled with hammers. Remember, keep the story lines silly! this way, you never forget your list.