Learn To Remember Facts And Numbers

Learn how to memorize facts and numbers with a few simple tips.

The human brain is perhaps the most complex information retrieval system in the world. No matter how much information you memorize, your brain will not run out of room. You are only limited by the time spent committing facts to memory and the methods you use. You can vastly improve your memory with a few simple tips and techniques.

1)Pay attention. You cannot memorize information when it's not even entering your head. Instead of mindlessly repeating material, make sure it has your full concentration.

2)If there is something physically bothering you, such as lack of sleep, sickness, thirst, or hunger, you should attend to this before trying to study. Your brain is a part of your body, so remember that healthy habits and good nutrition contribute to the effectiveness of your memory. Getting enough exercise can help improve overall circulation and blood flow to the brain. Not getting enough sleep can have a devastating impact on memory because the REM phase of sleep (which is when dreams occur) is essential to memory consolidation.

3)As with most skills, memory improves with practice. The more information you have stored in your mind, the more easily you will find it to link new information with the old.

4)Figure out what type of learner you are, whether you learn by seeing, hearing, or doing. Visual learners are the most common type and learn best by drawing pictures and seeing information written down. Auditory learners are also fairly common and should read facts and numbers to themselves aloud. Kinesthetic learners are much less common and learn best by application.

5)While trying to take in new information, make sure you are in a comfortable, well-lit area, and keep in mind that you will recall material best under the same conditions under which you memorized it.

6)Visualize what you are trying to memorize. The better you can get a clear picture of what you are studying, the more it is likely to stay with you. Try to imagine it as vividly as possible, and make up a story or journey to go along with seemingly mundane items, such as a shopping list. Bizarre or humorous images are easiest to recall.

7)Repeat the information to yourself several times aloud, and look for rhymes or patterns to help you. If you have only a short string of numbers or a simple fact to memorize, sometimes it is easiest to simply learn it by rote (i.e., repetition).

8)For numbers, you can convert the digits one through ten into words that rhyme to create pictures in your mind, such as sun for one, shoe for two, tree for three, etc. Also try making phone numbers into words using the letters on the phone.

9)Break information into smaller chunks. A person can only hold about seven digits or other unique pieces of data in mind at a time. This is why license plates and telephone numbers only contain a few letters and numbers and are separated by dashes. When you have a long string of numbers to memorize, start with just a few digits at a time, and link them together after each segment is fully memorized.

10)Organize information into logical categories. This will help connect new information with what's already in your long-term memory. Attach meaning to seemingly random facts.

11)Use acronyms and mnemonic devises to guide you, such as Roy G. Biv for remembering the colors of the rainbow. The phrase "May I have a large container of coffee" can help you remember the first seven digits of pi if you write it down and count the letters.

12)Review the material as often as you can, and look for weak links on your memory. Rehearse what you seem to have the most trouble recalling, and give yourself frequent breaks.

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