Today’s multitasking culture can be referred to as an obstacle when it comes to “programming” information into your memory. As we do too many things simultaneously like constantly checking social media, email and SMS, our mind isn’t calm enough to work with the most important tasks.
Remembering what you read is the trick to a long-term memory record of information. In order to be successful we need so-called “memory hooks“. For example, you need an experience you can “hang” information onto. By doing so, you are making it easier to remember what you read due to your previously associations with the topic. Further more, repetition is central to long-term memory.
Imagine that your brain is like a lump of clay. The first time you experience something, it leaves an imprint within the brain. It’s like pulling a thin line with your fingernail in the clay. When you repeat it, the line is deeper. And the deeper it is, the easier it is to remember what you read. The following four tips will help you master the art of memorising.
1. Start on time. It’s better with an hour a day than ten hours in one day. It takes time for the brain to put together new information to a pattern of understanding. In order to achieve that, one requires reflection with breaks in between.
2. Use your mobile to repeat. Write down what you want to remember. Set the alarm – attempt to remember – and check the to see if you had your answer right. You can for example do it on the bus or between sets at the gym or simply when you’re relaxing. Put up a post it note on your mirror and repeat. After a few days you could move it move it so you can’t see it. Repetition is the engine towards knowledge.
3. Rely on your brain. It works in the background constantly without you being aware of it. It connects the repeating information you’re memorising into the information you already have saved in your long-term memory. There, the brain sorts it out and creates new understanding and knowledge.
4. Read in 50-minute intervals in peace and quiet. Turn off your phone and avoid checking Facebook on your laptop. Even the music you like disrupts learning. Take a short break. Or, check mails and social media – but remember that by doing so, you could set off a lot of thoughts that can distract you.
Take a few minutes to watch the video below for further inspiration.