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 Memory techniques

The art of true memory is the art of attention.
                                        …………Samuel Johnson

Your brain never loses anything. Once it is put in your memory, it remains there for the rest of your life. What we call “forgetting” is either the inability  to recall stored information or the failure to store information.

Memory techniques:


  1. Learn from the general to the specific.  

Scan through the whole book and get an idea of the course content. Then start learning chapter by chapter or section by section.

  1. Make it meaningful.

    How much this mechanics course relates to your goal of becoming a mechanical engineer?
    When the information helps you to get something you want, it is easier to remember that.

  2. Create associations

    Think of something related to the topic and create associations with it. This helps the memory process.


  3. Learn it once, actively.

    Involve your body the first time you learn something. Sit up, sit on the edge of your chair or walk while studying. Some believe that the brain works better in a standing position.

  4. Relax

    When we are relaxed ,we absorb new information quicker and recall it with greater accuracy.

  5. Create pictures

    Use diagrams and cartoons to connect facts and illustrate relationships.

  6. Recite and repeat

    When you recite something aloud, you anchor the information by hearing and by seeing. The combined result is synergetic. When you repeat something, you create a trail through the pathways of your brain, making the information easier to find

  7. Write it down.

    Writing a note to yourself helps you to remember an idea, even if you never look at the note again.


  8. Reduce interference

    Don’t sit near a TV or a refrigerator while studying. These may distract you.

  9. Escape the short term memory gap.

    A short review within minutes or hours of a study session can move material from the short term memory to the long term memory.

  10. Distribute learning

    Marathon study sessions are not very effective. You can get far more done in three one hour

    sessions  than in one three hour session. Change subject of study after one hour to a new subject.

  11. Beware of attitudes

    People who believe that math is difficult will have difficulty in remembering maths. We remember what we find interesting.

  12. Use daylight for study

    Study the most difficult subjects during day hours. The early morning hours can be more productive for most people.

  13. Overlearn

    Learn more than what is needed. Do the assigned problems and then do more problems.

  14. Choose what not to store in memory

    Decide what is essential to remember from a reading assignment or lecture .
    Extract the core concepts. Then apply the memory techniques to those concepts .

  15. Combine memory techniques

    Choose two or three techniques to use on a particular assignment. Experiment for yourself with these techniques.


  16. Remember something else

    When you are stuck up and can’t remember something you know you know, remember something else that is related to it. If you can’t remember your aunt’s name, then try to remember your great aunt’s name.
         18.  Notice when you do remember      

    Some people are best at remembering information they have read. Others   remember best what they have seen, heard or done. Notice your style and follow   it.


    19.  Use it before you lose it        

    To remember something, access it a lot. Read it, write it, speak it, listen to it,  apply it.

         20.   And remember you never forget        

    Develop a strong belief that you will never forget it.  Keep saying “my memory serves    me well” . Or even  “I never forget.”