Do you feel like your brain is broken when you can’t seem to remember basic things? The good news is it isn’t broken, but you may not be using it in the most effective way. Below are five easy visual and visualizing techniques you can use today to remember more.
What would you do if you had no smartphone and needed to remember an important number? OK, so you would probably write it down, but you might not have a pen or paper either. Remembering numbers might seem difficult, but it’s actually quite easy. Our memories are much more visual than once thought so we can actually recall numbers with ease. It might just take a little imagination. One is a pencil; two is a swan, three is a fork, etcetera. Try it out for yourself.
Remembering spelling is not quite as easy as remembering numbers, although the visual technique can work quite well in some cases. Because English is a language made up of many different influences, certain unusually spelled words simply have to be learned. If you struggle with your spelling, try turning off your spell checker in your phone and looking up the words you’re unsure of. Over time your spelling will improve significantly. Another tip is to keep a file of words you find difficult to spell and make it a point to incorporate them in the things you’re writing (even if that’s just an Instagram caption!).
Have you heard of the Loci technique? It’s the memory technique in which you use the rooms in your home as locations for items on a list you want to remember. This is useful to some people but doesn’t work for everyone. Instead of using your home, try your body. It’s much closer to you wherever you are, and more familiar – your Chiropractor would be ace at this technique! Identify 10 different areas of your body and assign them items in your list. When you want to remember the item, think of the body part first.
Do you find capital cities hard to remember? Do you always get those questions wrong in quizzes? The good news is you don’t have to memorize all the words using flashcards – unless you really want to – instead, use a mnemonic. The capital of Jamaica is Kingston. That sounds like King-stung and Jam-maker. So, you can imagine a king making some jam then being stung by a bee. Try out some of your own. They will be easier to recall if you use your own creativity.
What’s the Difference
What’s the difference between Stalactite and Stalagmite? Difficult. They both refer to mineral deposits in underground caves, but one of them grows from the ceiling, the other from the ground. It’s very difficult to remember which is which without a simple memory device. Stalactite contains letter ‘C’ and grows from the ceiling; Stalagmite contains the letter ‘G’ and grows from the ground. Easy-peasy. Try this technique out with other similar-sounding words!
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