Mastering Your Memory

By Hedrick Lepsch

Many times we look at people with photographic memories and say to ourselves "I could never do that". The truth is that there are techniques out there that can be applied by normal people and help them do just as amazing mnemonic feats.

There are a few things you'll want to remember: getting enough sleep and keeping a proper diet will be two of the best things you can do for yourself. As a student, these things might not always be a possibility, but try-it probably won't be as hard as you think.

Getting to bed a little earlier might seem like it will interfere with the time that you spend studying or with friends, but you probably won't miss the time all that much when you realize how beneficial that extra sleep is.

Another way is to associate a name with another famous figure who you will remember. Another trick is to make things bizarre. This means that you remember that person from some bizarre story you make up in your head. This same thing can be done with math and other principals.

You can visually store this information in an area that you will come back to. This doesn't just mean that you put the information in the back of your head but actually store it in an area that you see around you. Yes, it is possible to do it just takes a little imagination.

If you can connect information back to things that you already know and relate to then you will be able to pull it back out of your memory box. This can be tough if you don't practice using your imagination. This is really where all of your creativity can be a huge asset. Memorizing takes creative ways at memorizing information and spitting it back out when you need to.

There are so many different mnemonic techniques but all of them have one major similarity. It really takes a lot of practice to see results. You can't just expect to be running at full speed when you haven't learned how to use the technique all the way yet. With each technique it gets easier the more you do it, just like a sport or anything else you do. You can build habits and get your mind in the right frame so that when information pops up you are taking it all in and remembering the details.

By combining these two aspects: the basic things like getting enough sleep and eating the right things, along with memory-focused study techniques, you can have a much greater memory capacity than before. You're treating your brain right, and working it out. The more you do that, the better it will treat you.

Very few people have what you'd call a "photographic memory." If you're reading this, it's pretty likely that you're one of the people that don't. Although you won't be able to recite long pieces of poetry in your first week, you will be able to improve your memory to the point that these things will give you few problems. Eventually, you will get to that point if you keep working at it.

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