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Easy Memory training
Simple memory training
What is the mystery of simple memory training? There is no mystery, it's just a matter of practice. You can train your memory to be a whole lot better than it is. What would you say if I told you that within the space of a single day you could train your memory so that you could remember a list of twenty objects that someone fires at you. You'd say impossible, right? Wrong! Not only could you remember the twenty objects but you could repeat them backwards, and you could say instantly what came sixth, fifteenth, nineteenth, or any other number in the list. All it takes is a little concentration. You will close your eyes and listen carefully to the objects that your chosen person fires at you. You will arrange the objects in your mind and you will be able to repeat the whole list, with no mistakes. You can get this person to write out the list of objects first, and when the list is ready, they can call each item out to you, or they can call them out while they write them down. That gives you a little more time to memorise them. Practice is the keyword in this simple memory training test. It may take a little while for you to get the idea of placing the objects in your mind but it will soon click into place.
Here's the method:
Close your eyes and imagine your favourite room in your house. You can see it in your mind's eye.
Stand in the doorway. Look to your right and let your eyes travel around the room. First the doorway, then the wall to the right of the door. Is there a light switch on the wall? Let's assume there is. Then there's a corner. Is there anything in the corner, a table, chest of drawers, shelf? We'll assume a small table. Then there's another wall. Is there anything on that wall? Maybe a picture or a mirror? Let's assume there's a mirror. Then there's another corner. There's a wall next, and that one is opposite where you're standing. Is there anything on that wall? Maybe a window? Assume a window. There's the next corner. Now you come to the next wall. Anything on that? You know this room, it's your favourite room. It's indelibly printed into your memory. What's on that last wall? Nothing ? OK Now look up at the ceiling. Is there a light up there? Yes! OK. Now look down at the floor. What's on the floor? A rug? A carpet? Tiles? Let's assume a rug.
Now in your favourite room you have just identified ten locations. Doorway, wall to the right, corner, wall, corner, wall, corner, wall, ceiling and floor. So now you can start to remember ten items from the layout of just one room.
Your friend calls out the first item on the list: e.g. 1. Potato. In your mind's eye you see a potato hanging on a piece of string in the doorway. The more bizarre it looks the better you'll remember it. 2.Cabbage. You see a cabbage hanging on the wall near the light switch. 3. Lemon. There's a lemon in the corner on that little table. 4. Eggs. You see a bowl of eggs hanging from the mirror. 5. Light bulb. There's a light bulb in the corner. Maybe it's winking. 6. A pen. There's a pen on the window ledge opposite you. 7. Radio. A radio is playing in the corner. 8. Computer. A computer is against the wall. 9. A shoe. There's a shoe hanging from the light on the ceiling. 10. A glass jar. There's a glass jar on the rug.
You have now placed all these items,
mentally in your room. You can see them. Repeat them. Did you get
them right? Of course you did. It's the room you love to be in. You
know everything about this room. Repeat the objects backwards. Did
you do it? Yes of course. What came fifth? That light bulb in the
corner winking at you. What came ninth? You see it hanging from the
ceiling, an old shoe. This is the way you will train your memory to
remember items. Go to your next favourite room. What room is this?
Kitchen? Bathroom? Do exactly the same to the ten points in this
room. Now you can remember 20 items. It's an association of ideas.
You associate a strange object with a well known location. Believe me
it works. As long as you keep your favourite rooms in sequence you
can remember all the articles placed in them. It won't be long before
you astound your friends by remembering 50 objects, repeating them
backwards and telling them what came where in the list of 50. Try it
out and let me know how you get on. You'll never need another
shopping list again, ever, once you've mastered this simple memory training method.