Tips to Improve Memory

Using a technique to help us learn something we want to remember is another way we can make the most of our memory. You can improve your memory by being attentive to information you need to remember, by identifying and coping effectively with things in your daily life that limit your memory potential, and by practicing good organisational habits.

Effective learning can only be achieved if you’re able to focus your complete attention on what you are trying to learn. Here are a few steps to improve memory :

  • Read : Reading your textbook, academic articles and journals will broaden your understanding. Make shorter notes for yourself and then study your own notes.
  • Listen To Audio : Listen to audio on the topic and write down some key notes on what they’re saying that can help you better understand the subject you’re learning.
  • Write Things Down : Make your own notes from what you have read in the textbook. Write questions and answers them later. These can be questions from your textbook or even questions that you think are likely to come up on the exam. This is a good way to test your understanding of what you learn and help you remember it.
  • Talk Out Loud : You can read the topic out loud, or try to teach the topic to someone else.
  • Mind Mapping : Mind maps are a great way to break down information into a simple diagram that can be remembered more easily. They’re also a good way to test whether you know the subject matter. You can redraw the diagram and deliberately leave blanks to see can you fill them in again or whether you can discuss the topic in more detail by only looking at the key headings on the mind map.
  • Test Yourself : Use past exam papers. This is great for not only testing your knowledge but also familiarising yourself with the exam format and structure, which will help you settle into the exam much quicker and easier on the day. Use questions from the textbook.
  • Practice : To improve memory it is important to keep going back over information that you learn, using different formats of learning.
  • Eat Properly : Fuelling the mind is an essential element of increasing focus and concentration. Research has indicated that students learn much better when they’re well nourished. How often you eat can also have a powerful effect on your energy levels.

Along with physical and psychosocial well-being, keeping your memory sharp and your mind active is a key factor for successful aging, a state of health and vitality that can be achieved at any stage in the life span (Franklin & Tate, 2009). It requires a holistic approach.

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  1. inhiscare753 says:

    These are helpful and insightful tips which have been proven to work. Improving brain health memory.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. I am glad you liked it. DescriptionMemory improvement is the act of improving one’s memory. Medical research of memory deficits and age-related memory loss has resulted in new explanations and treatment techniques to improve memory, including diet, exercise, stress management, cognitive therapy and pharmaceutical medications. Thank you for stopping by today.

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      1. inhiscare753 says:

        You are certainly welcome. It is always a pleasure to stop by.

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      2. Garima says:

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  2. Brilliant Garima. There’s something called “Mnemonics” Too. Remembering the acronym (VIBGYOR- Rainbow colors). Each and everything mentioned works. Ideally, schools should play a pivotal role in incorporating these (few are implementing, few aren’t) , as it’ll shape up the next fifty odd years of their lives.

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    1. Garima says:

      Ah yes. I couldnโ€™t have cleared my MBBS exams without mnemonics hahaha. A mnemonic technique is one of many memory aids that is used to create associations among facts that make it easier to remember these facts. Popular mnemonic techniques include mind mapping and peg lists. These techniques make use of the power of the visual cortex to simplify the complexity of memories. Thus simpler memories can be stored more efficiently. For example, a number can be remembered as a picture. This makes it easier to retrieve it from memory. Mnemonic techniques should be used in conjunction with active recall to actually be beneficial. For example, it is not enough to look at a mind map; one needs to actively reconstruct it in one’s memory.

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      1. Five years of medicine, with mnemonics. I know it would be an encyclopedia altogether ๐Ÿ˜

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      2. Garima says:

        Sort of….my notes were quite known for ๐Ÿคฃ

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      3. Knew it. Dr’s are patient enough, by the time they graduate and practice. They get used to it ๐Ÿ˜„

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      4. Garima says:

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  3. Thank you so much! Very interesting! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it. Memory plays a big role in our life. It allows us to remember skills that we’ve learned, or retrieve information that is stored in the brain, or recall a precious moment that occurred in the past. You can also think of it as body memory. Breathing is an implicit memory.

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  4. Pallavi says:

    Interesting. People usually read to feel either you have a good memory or not. Good to know that it can be an improved skill set.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Pallavi, there is scientific evidence to it.

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  5. Dear, its a very good article. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it. Memorization is discipline for the mindโ€”much needed in an age when so many minds are lazy, distracted, have little to think about, or think sloppily. Memorization helps train the mind to focus and be industrious. Thank you for stopping by.

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  6. Someswar says:

    Forgetting unnecessary and unpleasant things is as important as a good memory. When we forgive, we don’t foget but just decide not obe bitter about it. Here is my post on memory written motnhs ago

    https://wordpress.com/post/unstoppableafterseventysite.wordpress.com/2555

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    1. Garima says:

      Forgiveness is soulful.

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  7. scan says:

    Hi, Garima. Your photo looks pretty like a new country singer. Hahha. Thanks for giving me like on my poem about Lewis. Lewis is my expression to dead koala who died in the end after medical treatment after forest fire.

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    1. Garima says:

      I liked your poem. Thank you for stopping by.

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  8. Megala says:

    Thanks for the wonderful share! I’m going to share this with my family & friends mainly for the children prepping for board exams.

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it Megala. Thank you for sharing it.

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  9. Many thanx for spreading the word– these tips. They really do help. Have a wonderful holiday, Garima!

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    1. Garima says:

      Avoid overmedication and drug interactions. Stay informed about any drugs you takeโ€”prescription and over the counterโ€”especially those you take long-term for chronic conditions. Avoid dangerous interactions and being overmedicated, which can cause memory problems and dementia.

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    2. Garima says:

      Thank you. You too have a great holiday.

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  10. RPR says:

    I wish you could have wrote in my study days/ or u could read it then some how. But nice !

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    1. Garima says:

      Hahahha I wish the same about my study days too. But itโ€™s never too late is it?

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      1. RPR says:

        Yes right.. Agreed would try meditation as well, it has been a good Sunday morning so far for me. As really read some good handful write-ups of you. Thank for being so informative and productive with your content. Hopefully I can replicate u ,,:(

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      2. Garima says:

        ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐ŸผI am sure you can be a better writer than me ๐Ÿ™‚ happy weekend

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      3. RPR says:

        Thank u but I know you r just too good. Thank u for being so courteous.

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      4. Garima says:

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  11. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    Good tips as always. This is good as we age as well.

    Thank you,

    Gary

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Gary. We all need to preserve our brain and memory irrespective of age. Thank you for stopping by today.

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