Every single one of us has a limitless memory capacity. Storing memory is not the issue because our brain can hold everything but recalling or accessing the information from our brain becomes a problem for many. Not only it is difficult for some students to recall, but it also affects how their peers perceive them. For example, a student who remembers all notes, concepts, names, dates, arithmetic formulas, etc. – we think of that student as organized, smart and intelligent. The student who never remembers names, concepts, dates, etc. or recalls information incorrectly – we think of that student as less organized, less smart, and less intelligent.
There are various techniques to boost your memory. Some ways to improve your memory without obscure and complex techniques are given below.
Convert information into pictures
Since human memory is enhanced by emotion, exaggeration, color, and action, the more detailed and interactive the memory images, the better. Students remember visual signs better than words and the more sense they involve in storing information by visualization, the better they are able to recall it. For example, suppose a student needs to remember that he has to submit a project to his teacher at 11 am in the morning. He can remember it by visualizing a bunch of files under a clock that reads “11 am”.
Making information into rhymes is one of the best ways of boosting memorization power. Rhymes are powerful memory devices. Students can create a rhyme, and can dramatically improve their recall. For example, students can remember how many days are there in each month by remembering the following rhyme:
“30 days hath September, April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31
Except for February my dear son.
It has 28 and that is fine
But in Leap Year it has 29”.
One of the best ways to memorize is with the help of mnemonics. It involves translating information into an easier form that students can remember easily. One of the most common ways of using mnemonics is by taking the first letters of the phrase of the information and making memorable words with it. An example of mnemonics is:
“ King Henry Died By Drinking Chocolate Milk “
“ Kilo, Hecto, Deca, Base, Deci, Centi, Milli “
Students can memorize the units of measurement with the help of this mnemonic.
Drawing diagrams is one of the best ways to visualize concepts. When a student draws a diagram a visual memory is created in his mind which he can easily recall during his exam. For example, learning the function of the human eye can be a lot easier if a student learns it by drawing the diagram of the human eye.
These were some interesting memorizing tricks which students can follow to enhance and boost their memorizing power. Students can subscribe to Byju’s YouTube Channel to watch interactive video lessons on various topics.