Whether you are an average person wanting to reduce forgetfulness, a university student studying for finals, or an academic thrill seeker wanting to perform mental feats, this list will unlock doorways into your own memory that you’ve probably never witnessed before. These 25 fooproof techniques to enhance your memory have been specially listed, from the basic methods that you can learn overnight to advanced methods that may take weeks to perfect. Although we’d love to explain detailed examples of each technique step-by-step, we didn’t want to make a post so long that it would bore you to death. So, have a tab open for Google, and get ready to memorize like you’ve never done so before!
Organization plays a significant role in memorization, and we’ve all come to find that diagrams help accomplish this role- tables, pie charts, line graphs, you name it. Diagrams summarize information by categories. Not only do they separate similarities and differences in a neat fashion, they also appeal to our spatial memory for convenient recall of information. This technique utilizes the concept of chunking, and it allows us to string together bits of information via detailed characteristics. In classes, you can best utilize this technique by immediately summarizing your notes into one large diagram after every lecture
15. Visual Association in Vocabulary
Our brains store information based on past experiences, and we tend to automatically relate new information to these past events in order to remember them. This is association. However, you can also apply visual association to learn new vocabulary. Take the word ‘risorius,’ for
example. The risorius is a facial muscle that helps make us smile. By breaking down parts of the word, you can create an association. In this case, “Risorius” sounds like “Why–So-serious?” famously spoken by the Joker from the Batman series. And what better way to memorize the function of the risorius, than to picture that wide crimson grin from the Joker, himself. Having this image implanted in your mind whenever the word risorius pops up will guarantee that you never forget it.
10. The Number Rhyme Method
Memorizing numbers can be a bit of a challenge. This method transforms numbers into vivid, concrete images. And as you should know by now, concrete images are far easier to memorize than abstract symbols. This method serves the same purpose for memorizing ordered sets of information. But instead of the alphabet, you use numbers that are translated via their rhyming counterparts. For example, 1 = bun, 2 = shoe, 3 = sea, and so on. This method works the same as the alphabet peg. As you’ll soon find out this system is limited by the amount of numbers that rhyme with objects. Yet, it is a great method to memorize bits of information.
5. The Dominic System or P-A-O method
This system was invented by memory master, Dominic O’Brien, and it calls on our natural ability to remember famous people. Similar to the major system, each number represents a letter: 1=A, 2=B, 3=C, 4=D, 5=E, 6=S, 7=G, 8=H, 9=N, 0=S. But instead, or forming words, each letter stands for the initials of a famous person. So, the number 15 would equal A.E. or “Albert Einstein.” You can take it a step further and give your Person an Action and Object (aka the P-A-O method). With diligent practice, the PAO method can provide vivid images for even 3 digit numbers. And again, the applications to memorizing numbers are endless!