8 SECRETS FOR MEMORIZING THINGS EASILY!

Many of you were in the situation to not be able to remember small details from a particular event, but if that happened more than several times and you constantly ask questions to follow up and remembering names of people you’ve met, or some other details, for example in books and films, you should be aware that this condition can be improved.

 Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist, found very interesting this matter of the human memory,  and decided to conduct experiments in 1870’s, in order to study it. He started with the developing scientifically reliable experimental methods of measuring the memory.

His experiments were created on a basis of lists of nonsense that were used to evaluate pure learning, the learning of free meaning. Because he knew that learning new information is affected by our knowledge, he based experiments on a material of little to no meaning.

His findings were expressed by the ‘Forgetting Curve’, or the rate at which the participants begin to forget new information. When he tested himself he found that he has forgotten:

–           A significant amount of information in 20 minutes,

–           More than a half of that material within an hour

–           2/3 of the learned material within a day,

–           The rest of information remained in his memory later.

According to this finding, the information that retains for a day is permamently memorized.

His another theory was The Spacing Effect, which is based on learning easier and better when we study the information by repeating and spaced out over an extended period.

One of the examples is studying speech – if you repeatedly study it a week before the event, you will remember it better than if you do it the night before.

Here is a better explanation of the Spaced Repetition Technique:

Short-term storage of information:

–           1st Repetition – Right after learning

–           2nd Repetition – After 15-20 minutes

–           3rd Repetition – After 6-8 hours

–           4th Repetition – After 24 hours

Long-term storage of information:

–           1st Repetition – Right after learning

–           2nd Repetition – After 20-30 minutes

–           3rd Repetition – After 1 day

–           4th Repetition – After 2-3 weeks

–           5th Repetition – After 2-3 months

Yet, if you still have a   problem with the remembering (e.g. birthdays of your dearest ones, shopping without a grocery list etc.), here are the secrets that would be of great help:

  1. To be able to recall the information from your memory, you need to initially understand what you are learning in order.
  2. Make the list of priorities and memorize the most important things first.
  3. Things learned at the beginning and at the end are memorizing easily.
  4. When learning a foreign language, associate words with words you already know in order to expand your vocabulary easily.
  5. As the opposites are remembered easier, when acquiring new vocabulary in another language, learn opposites together (e.g. words day and night).
  6. Visualize and use body language, when learning something, as this will stimulate muscle memory and you will easily remember then afterward.
  7. Using ‘nail’ words, by nailing one learned thing to another will be of great help to remember the information linked to the “nail;
  8. According to the interference theory, similar memories can get mixed together, so occasionally switch the topics when remembering things.

 

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8 SECRETS FOR MEMORIZING THINGS EASILY! Many of you were in the situation to not be able to remember small details from a particular event, but if that happened more than several times and you constantly ask questions to follow up and remembering names of people you’ve met, or some...