Did you recently visit a store and forgot to purchase what you wanted to, what was on your list? Or did you experience forgetting during the examinations? If you have done this, it is very natural because HUMAN MEMORY is prone to forgetting the information in the first 9 hours of memorizing it.
Fun Fact: According to researchers, learning for 45 minutes with 15 minutes gap can produce much better recall than sitting for 4-5 hours at a stretch.
Here are 7 TIPS TO IMPROVE MEMORY.
Often making use of semantic processing and imagery, can assist learning and memory, especially for material that has little intrinsic meaning.
Mnemonic is a technique or device, such as a rhyme or an image that uses familiar associations to enhance the storage and recall of information in memory.
Recall can be improved by strategies to increase the effectiveness of recall hints, including contextual hints. For example, while recalling the passwords of online accounts, one gets the option to set a hint which can be used for recovering the password if forgotten.
Pulling it all together
By organizing and adding meaning to the material prior to learning it, you can facilitate both storage and retrieval. For example, especially for academic learning, you can organize the information according to the syllabus and then learn it. This will help in better recall during exams.
* First-Letter Technique: The information to be recalled can be learned using the first letters of the words. For example, we would hardly forget the rainbow colors because we memorized it using ‘VIBGYOR’.
Organizing through meaning and association
When you are having difficulty recalling new material, you can help bring it to mind by thinking about what you have associated it with. In other words-retrace your mental path.
It takes about eight seconds of intent focus to process a piece of information through your hippocampus and into the appropriate memory center. So, no multitasking when you need to concentrate. If you distract easily, try to receive information in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted.
Involve as many senses as possible
Even if you’re a visual learner, read out loud what you want to remember. Try to relate information to colors, textures, smells, and tastes. For example, if you want to memorize some information, you can narrate it like you would do so in front of an audience, it will be better recalled.
According to some psychologists, maximum forgetting takes place in the first 9 hours of memorizing the information. While preparing for any examination or important event, one should always revise the material to improve one’s memory!