Sometimes people are good at remembering names, numbers, or faces (or whatever!) then there are the rest of us where it seems that a memory is gone before it was even there. Well that’s exactly the problem. A memory has to make it past your short-term memory to the long-term to stick. Here are a few ways to help make that happen.
10. Snooze Button
Scientists showed that information in your working short-term memory is already beginning to decay by 18 seconds. Some study participants could remember up to 10% of the information after that time, but what good does that do you? To help you remember information rehearse it every 15 seconds for a few minutes – just like you do your snooze button in the morning.
9. Peg System
The human body peg system is a simple association memory recall method that uses human body parts to store information. You “peg” an exaggerated picture associated with the information to a body part and the image should help you remember later. This system isn’t full proof though, it is best for memorizing small groups of information that are related.
The brain is incapable of true multi-tasking, meaning listening to music or watching TV while trying to study or learn something greatly impairs the brains ability to commit something to memory. Researchers showed that multi-tasker memory is “sloppy,” at best. Without giving your brain the ability to focus on one task at a time, it won’t be able to memorize and function properly.
We use linking to memorize things every day in the form of our shopping or to-do list. The idea is to create a connection between otherwise unrelated items. A highly effective memory linking method is to create a story with the listed items. The drawback is that you have to repeat the story to get to each item in order.
Keyword memory is especially effective in classrooms and learning new vocabulary in a foreign language. The method requires you to take a sound you recognize from a new word and make it into a keyword you then use to create an image to associate with the new word. For example, memorizing the French word “cheval,” which means horse. Cheval may remind you of “chivalry” a term used with knights that you can then visualize riding on a horse.