11 Secrets to Memorize Things Quicker Than Others

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We learn things throughout our entire lives, but we still don’t know everything because we forget a lot of information. Bright Side will tell you about 11 simple memorizing tips that will help you remember everything and improve your memory.

TIMESTAMPS
Why we forget things 1:04
How to remember everything 2:00
How to memorize something quickly 2:30
How to memorize something for a long time 3:20
Try to understand what you learn 4:17
Learn the most necessary information 5:11
Serial position effect 5:45
Interference theory 6:06
Learn opposite things 7:22
Build your own «mind palace» 7:22
Use «nail words» 8:19
Make up stories 8:40
Use a tape recorder 9:10
Visualize 9:51
Choose only the best materials 9:59

SUMMARY
- Your brain is like a hard drive — the space is limited. Remember Sherlock Holmes? He couldn’t name all the planets of the Solar system — this was not because he missed school or something like that, but because he was too smart to have such irrelevant information in his memory. He deliberately erased facts he would never need. This is what your brain does: it protects you from overloading with information. That’s why all new data is stored in the short-term memory, not the long-term one. So, if you don’t repeat it or use it, you forget it very quickly.
A German psychologist, Hermann Ebbinghaus researched the memory and its mechanisms. He described the Forgetting Curve which shows that just one hour after learning something new we forget more than half of the learned information. One day later we remember only about 30% percent. Well, you see where this is going.
- There is a memorization technique called «Spaced repetition». To keep some information in your head for a longer time, you need to try to put it into your long-term memory. Forced memorization is not very effective in this case because your brain can’t make sense of the information quickly and form strong associations. Here it all depends on the reason why you are learning something.
- To memorize something quickly, repeat the information right after learning it.
The second repetition should be after 15-20 minutes.
You don’t need to return to the information between repetitions — just rest and do something different. Let your brain relax.
Repeat the learned material the third time after 6-8 hours.
And you should have the final repetition 24 hours after the first contact with the information.

Do you know any other memorizing tips? If yes, share them in the comment section below!

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