When it comes to memory, many people remember facts and ideas but only on the basis of recalling it verbally. And yes, this may work for some, but most of the time people struggle to memorize through learning and recalling it. Learning and regurgitating all the information back to your professors, co-workers or teachers can be quite challenging without a strategy. Here are 3 ways you can use to help your memory get into top shape by giving them meaning.
1. Make a story to memorize a list for any job
So let’s say you have to present some of your work to your co-workers or memorize the order for your presentation at school. Memorizing the order of your ideas can get quite harsh and painful to go through. What you can do instead is to make a story of all your different ideas and put it into chronological order, making it more meaningful for you. Let’s just say you’re making a list for your groceries and what you want to buy includes broccoli, bananas, apples, steak, salmon, milk, and cereal (I know this could be for another important list, but this is just an example). We can start with visualizing broccoli and how it could be a hairstyle for a person. This person just got a new haircut at his local barber shop and was hungry, so he went home to find some bananas. Unfortunately, he could not find any but instead found some apples for a snack on his beautiful, glittering fruit plate with a cow like-design (Refers to steak). All of a sudden, the plate breaks, the apple fades away, and the remnants of the plate turn into a glamours piece of salmon. His sister, who is eating milk with cereal, is all oblivious to this piece of salmon. She freaks out when her brother shows a beautiful salmon, soaring in the sky. Visualizing this story can help bring life to your memory and memorizing the list will take just a few minutes. When your story makes no sense or gets hilarious, it is even easier to memorize because of the comedy. So take your list of ideas to memorize and apply them to a comedic story.
2. Use flash cards to connect 2 ideas
The former strategy of using a story may help with memorizing lists, but concepts about a certain subject may be hard to put in a format of a story. Concepts such as why formulas work for math and science could be a nuisance to study. Let us use the famous slope formula to break this down, which is…
You can put m of one side of the flash card and the right side on the other. You can draw 2 coordinates representing x two y two and x one y one, put these with the right side expression. You can put a diagonal line with m to show slope and even write out slope physically. When you flip the flash card both ways, you relate the two ideas together. One would not exist without the other in play. This can help you memorize concepts more easily and what are the causes of said concepts to produce the effects.
3. Visualize your environment as a big memory tool
This may not make sense at first but once you get the hang of it, it can help with a general memory of the ideas you learn in school and beyond. Take a look around your environment, whether you are in a school, at home, in a library, or even in a vacation, what can your area remind you of? Try to tie in the ideas you are trying to memorize into the space around you. As you look around, you can imagine or have a spatial cue of an idea as long as you relate the environment to a fact or idea learned in your day. For example, try relating your sink with H2O in science. Then, when walking into the kitchen, you can try to relate this to combustion and it’s formula. Walking into your parents’ room can help you remember the female workforce during WW1, where female workers were needed when the men took off to fight. Anyways, you get the point. Being able to give meaning to the environment surrounding us can give a better way to memorize and to actually move from place to place when studying.
To recap, when you are able to give meaning/relations to your facts and ideas, it can help connect your learning together and help you succeed for tests and presentations. When you are given visual, linguistic, numeric or spatial cues, it can help immensely to improve your memory for a certain topic. And just remember to never give up when it comes to overcoming difficult tasks requiring memory.
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