How to Memorize Things Quickly
Some people say that you never learn anything but only memorize the things you need to know. Even this memorizing thing some people do it quicker than others but most of them do it by repeating. The problem with that is that repetition won’t actually help you memorize something but recalling will. Recalling actually requires real learning.
There are some universal steps that anyone can take to help themselves master the art of recalling and by doing so, the act of memorizing as well.
Types of learners
Again, we repeat this because some teachers and learning individuals tend to forget. Every individual learns in a different way! All of this can be linked to the type of a learner they are. There are three kinds:
- — Auditory learners find hearing as the best way to process information.
- — Visual learners learn by seeing.
- — Experiential learners learn by doing.
However, some people can be a combination of some of these types.
The first step is preparation
The first thing to do when preparing for a studying session is to carefully choose the environment where you’ll do it. Make sure that it is well lit, organized, and with no distractions. However, some people work better when in public areas such as libraries and coffee shops. Therefore, you have to know what suits you best. The next thing you could do is make yourself a cup of tea. For instance, green tea has scientifically proven to improve memory.
Record what you’re trying to memorize
This is useful if you’re trying to memorize something that someone else has talked about, like a lecture for instance. You should simply bring a tape recorder to the lecture room and play it for yourself again once you go back home. One more thing that this type of memorizing is useful for is for remembering someone’s speech.
You should record yourself reading the text you need to remember and listen to it over and over again.
Write everything down
If you write everything down from memory, you will become more familiar with the material you’re trying to learn. You can also do this while listening to the tapes. However, this tactic works best for experienced learners.
Divide your notes into sections
If you’re a visual learner, the best thing to do is to separate all of the notes you’ve written down into sections and then color code different topics and subjects. This is helpful when you’re trying to break the information down into categories.
Repeat, repeat, and then repeat it again
When you read a line of text, repeat it to yourself without looking at it. As you repeat it, it will become etched in your brain and it won’t be a short term memory as it would be if you only read the line once. Do this for each sentence, and when you’ve memorized an entire section, repeat the whole thing. If you can do so without looking at your text, you can continue.
This works best for visual learners, but if you read the sentences aloud, it can also apply to audio learners.
Write down everything you can remember
When you’ve memorized every section, try to write the entire thing down from memory. This will further insure that the information stays in your long-term memory.
Teach someone else what you’ve learned
One of the best ways to know if you’ve actually memorized something is to try to pass on the information to someone else. You can do this by giving them a lecture and explaining every part of the text in great detail. If you can’t find someone who is willing to listen to you, do it in front of a mirror.
Listen to the recordings
Whenever you have free time, listen to the recordings of what you need to memorize. You can do it while running, driving or doing the laundry, it really doesn’t matter. Just be persistent.
Take a break
Once you’ve done all of this, relax and let your mind breathe. If you work too hard, your brain will overheat and it will become more difficult to process information. Therefore, don’t forget to take a break every once in a while.
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