Many times you cannot remember difficult names and you feel embarrassed, or you cannot remember complicated lessons before an exam and you feel overwhelmed with anxiety.
Here are 6 simple techniques that will help you improve your memory and feel comfortable in challenging situations.
1. Make associations
You can remember names and difficult words through associations. For example, if someone’s name is Walter Miller you should associate his name to a simple word that will help you remember this name, like the word ‘watermelon’.
Watermelon sounds like Walter Miller, even though the similarity is not perfect. It doesn’t matter; what matters is the fact that this simple association will help you remember his name.
You should always associate names or phrases you want to remember to words that have a similar sound and will remind you the words you tend to forget.
2. Pay attention to what you are doing
You must focus your attention on what is important. Whenever you have to store something in your memory, tell yourself that this information is essential.
Don’t merely read what you have to remember while you think about something else. Try to pay attention to what you are doing as if this was a matter of life and death.
3. Repeat many times important words or sentences
Repeat several times the words or sentences you have to remember, but not like a parrot.
Think about what you are saying, and visualize what you are trying to store in your memory. Images help you remember what you are studying.
4. Make a Summary
Rewrite the most important sentences of the document you are trying to store in your memory.
Make a summary, writing only the essential verbs and descriptions you want to keep in mind.
Try to remember many things, even if this is not necessary.
Memorize various names, words, or numbers, so that you may get used to the memorization process.