- Want to remember for a long time, do not be afraid to repeat
Receiving new information is not difficult for anyone. But you will forget that information extremely quickly if you do not use it.
According to Herman Ebbinghaus’s “Forgotten Curve Graph”, you will forget half of what you learned in an hour and at most you will only remember 20% of them at the end of the day. Therefore, if you want to remember long, use the method of repeating spaced times. The brain will continue to strengthen and reinforce the information it receives if it is exposed to it regularly and continuously. In essence, the repetition is simple but very effective.
- Teach others
The “Learning Tower” model was researched and developed by the American Educational Research Institute in the 1960s. It has shown that: you only remember 5% of what you have heard but can remember 90% of the What do you teach others.
It is the focus of the brain in the teaching process that helps us remember knowledge learned for longer. Do not be too preoccupied or afraid that you will make mistakes when teaching others because if you wait for perfection, you will forget what you just learned as fast as riding a bullet train.
- Save what “bones” most for the afternoon
You will definitely increase your memory capacity if you study difficult content or read a lot of complicated documents in the afternoon. That is the research result from a prestigious magazine in Brazil.
In fact, everyone thinks that we should focus on study, work and research, especially the difficult parts in the morning because it is the time when we are most alert. But in fact, we are all deceived. In the morning, knowledge is quickly acquired but also disappears very quickly because this is the time when short term memory is most active.
- Get enough sleep, say no to “night owl”
Sleep is so important that it allows your brain to rest and recharge after a long day. Most people know this, but the number of people who get enough sleep is scientifically not really. That is why so many people often complain that “I don’t remember anything”, “Lately I’ve forgotten it.”
According to a study in Psychological Reviews, people who prepare for exams by getting a good night’s sleep the night more often achieve more positive results than those who cram all night.
- Build a “palace of memories”
The Palace of Memory (also known as the “Loci Method”) has been in existence since ancient Rome. It has been shown that our memory of sound is much worse than our memory of sight and touch. This means that if you only hear it, you will not remember as well as when you saw or touched your hand.
Therefore, give yourself an imaginary space in mind. Use the flexible, diverse senses to encode the things you need to remember as clearly and specifically as possible. This is the key to the “memory palace” that makes it easier for you to remember longer.
- Consider “mind map” as best friends
Along with the “memory palace”, the “mind map” is also a very useful technique in helping us to remember. It not only involves analyzing information but also demonstrating human creativity. These will keep our brain stimulated and growing.
So, instead of taking traditional notes on a line-by-page basis, try analyzing, thinking, and mapping out what to keep in mind. Along with that, let’s use more colors, symbols, drawings, … in the mind map to make the brain more stimulated and alert.
- Don’t ignore old techniques: Rhymes and Rhythms
There are songs of knives, poems learned from childhood that we still remember now. There are songs that we have learned for a long time that we still memorize. Why do we remember those articles and many others do not? The reason is that rhyming content is usually memorized by the brain more easily and remembered a lot longer.
- Arouse the power of “positive thinking” in yourself.
It may be a bit abstract, but we must admit that the power of “positive thinking” can help us to forget more. Experts have researched and confirmed: if the elderly think they are forgetting, that thought will make their memory worse. And those who focus on positive thoughts can improve their memory and reduce the risk of dementia.