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Tips And Tricks to Sharpen Your Memory
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Sharp Memory Factors 7
Chapter 2: Attention 15
Chapter 3: Basic Memory Tools 20
Chapter 4: Overcoming Forgetfulness 25
Chapter 5: Memory and Your Senses 32
Chapter 6: How to Remember Names and Faces 37
Chapter 7: How to Remember Numbers 42
Chapter 8: How to Remember Places 50
Chapter 9: How to Remember Events 53
Chapter 10: Other Memory Tools 55
A good memory is truly important for anyone to possess. Your memory of
faces, names, facts, information, dates, events, circumstances and other things
concerning your everyday life is the measure of your ability to prevail in today’s
fast-paced, information-dependent society. With a good memory, you don’t have
to fear forgetting/misplacing important stuffs and you can overcome mental
barriers that hinder you from achieving success in your career, love life, and
Your memory is composed of complicated neural connections in your
brain which are believed to be capable of holding millions of data. The ability of
your mind to retain past experiences in a highly organized manner gives you the
potential to learn and create different ideas. Your experiences are the stepping
stones to greater accomplishments and at the same time your guides and
protectors from danger. If your memory serves you well in this respect, you are
saved the agony of repeating the mistakes of the past. By remembering crucial
lessons and circumstances, you avoid the mistakes and failures made by other
Unless you have an illness or handicap, a poor memory is often attributed
to lack of attention or concentration, insufficient listening skills, and other inherent
bad habits; however, it can be honed and developed using the right methods.
Many people believe that their memory gets worse as they get older. This
is true only for those who do not use their memory properly. Memory is like a
muscle - the more it is used, the better it gets. The more it is neglected, the
worse it gets. This is the reason why older people have more trouble
remembering than younger ones. However, people increasing in age can
overcome this dilemma and can even further improve their memory by continuing
their education, by refining their minds, by keeping themselves open to new
experiences, and by keeping their imagination working. An important thing to
realize is that different people have various ways of learning. The way in which
people learn is often a factor determining the subjects they choose to study,
instructors they relate to, and careers they select.
Memorization or retention of data operates by loading images, sounds,
taste, smell, and sensation (touch) in a very organized and meaningful
combination in our brain. There are three types of memory.
Sensory Memory is where temporary information is briefly recorded.
Images such as a picture in a magazine and the design on your customer’s
clothing are momentarily stored in the sensory memory. It will be quickly replaced
by another sensory memory unless you do something to retain it.
Short-term Memory, characterized by 20 to 30 seconds of retention,
involves a limited amount of information, and is necessary in traditional
processing of experiences and ordinary data gathering (everyday sensation and
perception). For example, you were taught by your professor some great
techniques on how to easily solve complicated Math problems. The next time you
take a Math exam, you may possibly remember some of the formulas, but it’s
doubtful you’ll be able to recall and apply all the methods being taught.
Long-term Memory involves consolidation and organization of complex
knowledge and information for further reference and other cognitive (mental)
processing such as the application of learning or information into meaningful
experiences. Examples would include your birthday, your father’s name, and
your home’s appearance.
Short-term and long-term memories are concerned with how you
continually organize data that are stored in your brain. In short, human memory is
like a vast and complicated yet organized library, rather than a trash can or
disordered store room.
In order for you to further develop your memory capacity in various tasks,
it would be helpful if you consider points and ideas in improving your memory.
This would make your retention practices more efficient and sharper.
Sharp Memory Factors
If someone was to read a list of words to you, it’s most unlikely that you
will remember all the words in the list. You’ll be able to recall most of the words at
the beginning, some at the middle, and a few at the end. These effects are
known as primacy (words at the beginning) and recency (words at the end).
The only way that a normal person can effectively recall all of the words in
the list, is if he applies a mnemonic technique to help him remember. You’ll also
find that it’s easier to recall a word if it’s repeated several times in the list, or if it’s
related to the other words in any way, or if it stands out among the other words
(for example, the word “ruby” will stand out from a list of vegetables).
To take advantage of your primacy and recency, you must find a middle
ground. If you are doing something that requires a lot of thinking and you do this
non-stop for hours, you’ll find that the dip in the recall between the primacy and
recency can be quite considerable.
If, on the other hand, you stop to take breaks too often, your brain will not
really reach its primacy because it keeps on getting interrupted. In a more
practical application, instead of continuously studying or working for hours, you
might want to try pausing and resting after 30-50 minutes of working, just to give
your brain time to refresh itself and to maximize the time when your primacy and
recency are balanced.
Contrary to popular belief, being smart is not synonymous to having a
good memory or good retention. You don’t have to force yourself to study and
understand more in order to improve your memory; the key is actually in your
lifestyle, your attitude, your diet, and your habits.
You Are What You Eat
It is often said that your brain is probably the greediest organ in your body,
and it requires a very specific type of nutrition from your diet. It shouldn’t be
surprising then that your diet affects how your brain performs, and it performs
well with a steady supply of glucose. Before you go out of your house in the
morning, it would be great if you can give your brain the fuel it needs by eating a
hearty breakfast. A salad packed full of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and
vitamins C and E, should also help keep your brain in tip-top condition by helping
to reduce damaging free radicals (damaging molecules). As you grow older, your
brain has lesser capacity to defend itself from daily threats like free radicals,
inflammation, and oxidation. That’s why aging people need more nutrition than
Free radicals are like cavities to your teeth; they slowly build up if they’re
not cleaned out. As the brain cells grow older, they sometimes stop
communicating with each other. As an effect, it slows down essential processes
like thinking, short-term memory retrieval, and regenerating new cells. Therefore,
anti-oxidants are essential to maintain not only good health, but a good memory
as well. Good sources of anti-oxidants are:
•Vitamin A and beta-carotene: Carrots, spinach, cantaloupe, winter squash
•Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes
•Vitamin E: Nuts, seeds, vegetable oil, wheat germ
Studies show that fatty food that causes artheosclerosis (clogging of
arteries) are also the same type of food that disrupts neural activities. Cut back
on the fat and replace it with foods rich in anti-oxidants. Nothing will replace a
well-balanced meal, but to make sure that your body doesn’t lack any of its
nutritional needs, it would be a good idea to take food supplements. As the name
implies, they’re supplements, and not replacements.
Scientific research also indicates that eating fish can indeed sharpen your