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How to Memorize Things
How to Memorize Things
In this era of depression, it is quite difficult for us to remember things. Every now and then, we forget what we read. The reason is that our concentration has been divided into many parts. We cannot keep concentrating on only one thing. We have to pay attention to many things. That is why; we forget things. There are many ways to remember things, but it should be remembered that it requires full attention and diligence on your part to memorize things. If you spare some time and follow the following tips in letter and spirit, then I assure you that you won’t fail in your attempts to commit a text to your memory. Just follow the following tips and feel the difference:
Francis Bacon says in one of his essays, “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.” This is the hard and fast rule for memorizing things. Reading plays an important role in memorizing things. The more you read a text, the more you will remember the text. While reading, it must be kept in mind that you should not stop and read in the beginning. Rather, it is necessary to keep reading the text as fast as possible. When you have finished the text for the first time, it is mandatory to repeat the text again and again. Divide the text into many small portions, and keep reading the text until you are able to memorize the text. Don’t move forward, when you haven’t memorized the first portion. Rather repeat it several times to commit it to your memory. When you are done with the first part, then move ahead and repeat the same process. Reading will make you a full man i.e., full of ideas. Keep reading till you have memorized things.
When you are busy in memorizing a text, it is mandatory to read the text aloud. When you read the text aloud, you will remember the text easily. Studies show that those persons who read aloud remember things for a very long time, while those who read silently cannot commit the text to their memory easily. “The fact that producing a word aloud during study, relative to simply reading a word silently, improves explicit memory,” says MacLeod and others in a study published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
Writing also plays an important role in memorizing things. When you are done with reading a portion of text, it is necessary to write it down on a paper. The first writing will have some errors, but don’t worry. Read the text again and write it down. Repeat this process for several times. An important characteristic of writing is that what we write we remember it for a very long period. Bacon says that writing will make you an exact man. Exact means perfect in every respect. If you want to remember things, then spare some time and start writing. Try it and feel the difference!
Comprehend and Memorize
Why aren’t you able to memorize things easily? The reason is that you have not tried to understand the real meaning of the text. Once you have understood the sense of the text, you won’t forget it. You will remember the crux of the matter. Comprehend the matter, think over it and then start memorizing the text. It is very difficult to memorize something without knowing the meaning of the text. So, never ever memorize by rote. That’s it.
Conference or Discuss What You Read:
Here the word conference should not be taken in its real sense. It means discussion, discourse and talking to someone about something. Bacon’s statement implies that if you want to give a quick and sharp reply to someone, you will have to engage yourself in discussion as much as possible. What you read, you must relate it to your friends and relatives. We know that practice makes perfect. The more you discuss what you have read, the more you will remember it. So, repeat this process and feel the difference.
Listening is another way to memorize things. It plays an importiant role in this regard as it is a natural way to remember things. The more you listen to something, the more you remember it easily. Internet has made it very easy to listen to text that you want to memorize. There are Text to Speech softaware which can read the text aloud to you. It gives you an opportunity to listen to the text instead of reading it. If you want to memorize the text, listen to it as much as you can and you will be able to memorize it naturally.
Flash cards can also assume a great part in memorizing text especially vocabulary or a piece of peotry. Make flash cards of the text that you want to memorize. Carry the falsh cards with all the time and try to have a look at them after little bit intervals. Whenevery you find time, try to have a look at the flash cards. It will help you greatly to memorize the text. The more you use the flash cards, the more you will be able to memorize the text or a piece of poetry easily.
Memorize While Walking
I myself have observed that memorizing text is very easy when you are walking. Have a look at the text for a minute and repeat theme while you are walking. You will realize that memorizing text is easier while walking than sitting to read the text and memorize it. So, pick up your book, stand up and start memorizing the text while you are walking.
The Best Time to Memorzie Things:
It has been observed that morning is the most accurate time to memorize things. If you want to memorize things easily, you won’t need tenacius memory. Rather, you need to get up early in the morning, have hot shower and start memorizing the text. You will see that you are memorizing things faster. The reason is that your mind is fresh and free of any other cares. That is why; you memorize things easily and faster. Make it your habit to memorize things early in the morning.
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© 2013 Muhammad Rafiq