How To Increase Memory Power - Simple Memorization And Concentration Techniques
Memorization Helps Memory: The Memory Secret
Want a better memory? Memorize something. Memorize anything. Memorize those big and little things that will be helpful to you in whatever it is that you do in this life. Put that brain to work doing something that will encourage your brain to stretch, to do what it already has the exceptional ability to do. If you were looking for a secret to being able to remember more. That was it. In order to remember more you need to do more memory work; trying to remember more meaningful details.
Memorization: Not A New Idea
You may have your doubts about the idea of memorizing in order to improve your memory, but really, anything you do in activating and engaging the brain is great for improving the memory. Pastors, historians, scientists and other professionals who have need of large amounts of information, regularly put their memory to work for them without giving it a second thought. Why? Because it’s important to them. You too can regularly challenge your mind, stretching it and increasing its capacity to stretch and extend even further to perform for you. There’s plenty of unclaimed room in our brains for billions of important bits of information that we need to remember.
The Rote Learning System
This is a very simple and old system that has been around a long time. It's still used worldwide in one form or another. It has been updated many times, in attempts to improve it or to achieve increased results but the basics remain the same. The Rote System simply put, is a way of learning that uses constant or habitual repetition until the subject material is mastered. The matter of understanding the material is another concern. With that in mind, it is always a good idea if feasible, to try to understand the material first and then attempt memorization. Taking the time to first understand the material will greatly improve your mastery of whatever it is that you memorize.
Memory Work Rewards
Sounds like a chore? It doesn’t have to be. Begin by thinking about information that could help you on the job, in your studies, in your relationships or just everyday life. Think of something that you are constantly racking your brain to remember; something that actually means something to you, and adds value to your life. What specific pieces of information would make your day easier, your job performance more proficient, your business prosper or make your household run smoother if it was tucked into your mind? If you could have vital information on demand or at your finger tips, which information would that be? If you’re going to embark on some memory work, you’ll be more apt to stick with it if it has some meaning for you; that is if the reward is desirable.
Once you’ve pinpointed what information you feel is valuable enough to invest your time in memorizing, remember that you will have to do a little work here. It’ll take a bit getting used to if you haven’t done any memory work in a while. You might even get a headache initially. So take the time to get used to the routine. If you want a better memory you need to put in a little time.
Start With Small Memory Lists
The following are several small scenarios of common instances in which you could put memorization to work for you. Use them as a starting point for the various problems or situations you may have in your own life. You want to be successful so it is suggested that you start small. Once you’ve mastered the small memory experiments, then move on to some bigger challenges you may want to overcome. Again, start small, they’ll be plenty of time and opportunities for the big stuff. Just give yourself the time needed to get used to the process, a new habit, achieve success at it and then you can move ahead.
Turn Spelling Problems Into Strengths
Let’s start small, right where you live. Every family has at least one child struggling with one or two subjects at school. Okay, maybe that’s you.
You’re a mom whose child is struggling with spelling. One useful strategy that will assist your child would be to acquire a list of commonly misspelled words and have them work on memorizing them. Sound ridiculous? I know your child is already having trouble, but there’s something freeing about having them tackle something that everyone seems to have trouble with. Do it. Present a word or two at first. The brain will cooperate. When they master the words, and they will, add more. Soon the other words from school will become easy. It shouldn’t be a surprise to you if spelling becomes one of their best subjects.
The Math Challenge
You’re a student taking a math course, the most important key anyone can learn in mathematics is knowing the right formula or equation for the problem in front of you waiting to be solved. Having all of the possible formulas already in memory will save you much time and frustration. Once you have identified the type of problem you are dealing with, you just pull out of memory the equation you need to solve the problem. All you need now is to plant it in your memory by memorizing the formulas. Having the formula is a math problem half done. Memorize those math formulas. And if math is your passion, memorize them for life.
A New Job
You just landed a great job. You’ve been told to get familiar with the company’s policies and procedures. Although it may not be necessary for you to digest the entire manual, there will certainly be some sections that you might want to commit to memory. Here’s your opportunity. Look it over briefly from cover to cover, then take it piecemeal, section by section. Those sections that stand out, should be easiest to commit to memory. Use it to your advantage. Keep track of what you’ve already completed. Review it a few time a year, more if it gets updated.
A New Career
You’re changing careers and just started working part-time. The job requires you to learn the metric system. You can hardly believe it and you could almost kick yourself. You hadn’t planned on working that hard that soon. You always meant to learn the metric system long ago but you just never got around to it. Now here you are. No fighting it now. Find yourself a good book and a handy reference table while you’re memorizing. Yes, you’re memorizing.
Learning A New Language Helps The Memory
Maybe you always wanted to learn another language. Here's great news for you. There's something mysterious about learning another language that automatically increases the memory capacity for memorizing more. Learning a new language is just another type of memorizing. It just has a couple of extra goals and rewards in store. Still, it’s memorizing and it will fit the bill in your goal of a better memory with built-in benefits. All it needs is your commitment to stick with it.
Join The Church Choir
Everybody wants to sing. Music has that effect on us all. Why not sing, learn some new pointers about music and boost your memory at the same time. Choir directors are sticklers for wanting you to have your music memorized. And that’s just what you need. So if joining the choir sounds like a good idea. Go for it!
What Do You Want To Memorize?
So what would you like to memorize? A new song? Some favorite poetry, A Bible scripture? The names of people you meet? A list of numbers? How about a grocery list? Or an ingredient substitution list? Who doesn’t need that more than we’d like to admit. You’ll be revered by your neighbors and friends alike.
How about those passwords? Some of you are still using the same password for every website. You have to know that can’t be safe. If you’re reluctant to use some of the password storage applications, memorize those passwords please. If it seems like too much work, consider associating each password with something meaningful to you or silly enough to remember, mixing it up with the off-line characters and numbers. Okay, that’s work too, but the alternative is not good, so memorize the passwords, then change them again in six months and memorize them again, repeating the process every six months. You’ll improve your memory just by memorizing the passwords.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano. That’s right, and it’s a wonderful and delightful memory booster. Learning music is a brain stretcher. This one has an extra benefit just because it’s music. Music makes everything easier. And because it’s music you’re working both sides of your brain too. So maybe you might want switch to that flute or clarinet you really want to play. Whatever you choose, it’ll be nice to know that you’re also improving your memory.
A Better Memory
Do You want a better memory? Memorize something. Memorize anything. Memorize those big and those little things. Whatever it is that you do in this life, regularly allow your brain to soar bit by bit and it will reward you with a very good memory.
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