Some people have incredible memories, while others can’t remember the name of a person they were just introduced to. Why is it that some people find it so easy to remember things? While there are certainly many people born with incredible memories, most people find it difficult to remember things. Fortunately, there are ways to train your brain and improve memory. Here are some scientifically proven ways to improve memory.
Some people find success using memory through association. If you want to remember a speech for example, you must first envision a journey that you are familiar with like walking around your house. Now you visualize the parts of the speech in different rooms of the house. When it comes time to recall the information, visualize that walk and you will remember the information as you visualize the room where you put it. Of course, you must practice taking that journey a few times for everything to stick.
Acronyms are a great way to remember lists of words. Remembering a specific list of words can be difficult for anyone. Try taking the first letter of each word you want to remember and spell out a new word using those letters. When it comes time to recall, just remember the word you created and go through the letters one by one, you should be able to remember the word that each letter represents.
A good way to remember long numbers is through a technique called chunking. Chunking is where you take a long number and break it up into smaller sets of numbers that you can remember more easily.
Writing things down by hand has been found to help remember and can be used for things like learning a new language. Writing by hand stimulates cells in your brain which makes you pay more attention. This is the reason flash cards work so well. After you’ve written things to remember down, review them periodically and you will soon have them committed to memory.