10 Sure Fire Techniques To Memorize Anything!

June 5, 2007  |  Memory Techniques

Shhh… don’t let anyone else see this information, it’s as lethal as poison! Today I am going to reveal 10 Methods the pro’s use in order to memorize anything. Here is how to do it…
I urge you to close the door, turn off your cellphone and listen attentively. The following list contains ten proven techniques to memorize information, ready? O.K, here we go:

1. Don’t Let Yourself Be Disturbed

I used this technique in the beginning of this article ie. “close the door, turn off…”
You can’t memorize something if your mind is directed towards something else, concentration is essential!

2. Learn Mnemonics

Mnemonics is a type of memory aid that basically helps a person memorize data. The more information that needs to be remembered, the more complex the mnemonic becomes. The most common type of mnemonics in school are those that rhyme…
3. Thirty days hath September…

Rhyme mnemonics are often used in school, why? Because they work! It’s an excellent way of remember lists (like all the months) but it can be used in other ways as well. In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue is a famous rhyme mnemonic used in schools, so start rhyming and less whining! (I am so lame BTW)

4. Form A Silly Sentence

What’s a silly sentence you ask? To clarify this, let us say we would want to memorize 3 Swedish Cities (starting from the biggest); Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. The initiating letters are SGM and a possible silly sentence could be:

Simon Greeted Me

5. Abbreviations Make Life Easier

Don’t you agree? We love to say UN, US etc. instead of The United Nations, The United States Of America (what made you chose such a long word, makes it hard on us foreigners by the way…). Here is an excellent article, written by an expert on the subject (O.K I surrender… it’s actually my own article): How To Use Abbreviations.

6. Do It Like The Talk Show Hosts

All TV-show hosts use small flashcards to help them remember the content of the show, this is proven method to bring back memories swiftly. I recommend you use a small software called Cue Card, there’s a free version hosted right here on the site.
Click Here To Download >>

7. Gimmicks = Bad?

For some odd reason, this word seems to radiate negative emotions, probably because gimmicks are used so extensivley in advertisements. Anyhow, the use of word games or tricks can help you process information. Try it and buy it!

8. Mind Maps – Find Your Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of mind mapping, and I recommend you to use mind maps as often as possible. I’ve already covered how mind mapping is done so I won’t go into that again. Here’s a free mind mapping software by the way, hope you enjoy it!

9. Association – The Biggest Secret

It’s really a shame that I didn’t put this in the beginning of the article, I’m sorry I forgot. Associatin is basically the art of linking a piece of information to something else. What’s the first thing that hits your mind when I say the word SUMMER?

Did you think about heat, ice cream, vacation, swimming or anything related to those activities? We think about heat because we relate this word to the term summer, it comes naturally without any real effort.

This is perhaps the biggest memory secret around, learn how to associate the information you want to remember with some piece of information that you won’t forget. It works like a charm, I promise!

10. Always Explore New Methods

What better place to do that than right here! I’ve written a comprehensive Study Guide which covers this matter (How To Memorize Fast), but if you are not interested (which you should be… ^^) you can always Subscribe To This Blog. It’s free and takes only a couple of seconds (that is to say, if you still remember to do it!).

Did you like this article or despise it? Let us know what you feel by commenting. Stumbleupon users can stumble this post it if they’d like, have a nice summer guys!

About the author

ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


36 Comments


  1. Your Blog is Interesting & useful.Especially about the Mindmap software.I’m already using Mindmanager & it’s usefulness is multifold.

  2. I’ll let you know if it worked; I have to learn verbatim like a LOT for tomorrow, and this is the guide I’ll use.

    Wish me luck! xD

  3. Mercado, May Charisse

    I would certainly apply to my self the recommendations you made.

  4. well im a biology student and im facing dificulties in memorizing some stuff, i hope these methods will help me in getting A’s and B’s….

  5. this article’s great. thank you for the techniques btw.

  6. your block is so useful and i will try your way and programs and give you my feedback, thanks

  7. i’m a filipino.. my teachers have chosen me to memorize a very very long piece presented within 2 days.. i dont think this is actually gonna work? dont you think?

    do you have a friendster acount?
    here’s mine
    la_reyna_06@yahoo.com
    tnx

  8. its likely more helpful for me than the other i search prevoiusly.thanks …

  9. No problem kiki. Glad I could help :)

  10. First of all, I do apologize for answering so late. The comment got lost in the mail ;).

    There are many ways to improve your ability to remember information. From your words it seems that you’re the kind of person who puts a lot of energy into studying for the exam. So the problem is obviously not related to lack of study rather I think it may be psychological. This is a known phenomenon, students who study a lot for a test but then fail because they couldn’t remember the information at the time of the exam. It may be because of stress, you shouldn’t be afraid of the test, even if it’s important. Always go in there with a feeling that it’s easy. You’d be surprised if you knew how much psychology plays into it. If you imagine it to be easy it will become easy.

    Another more practical word of advice would be; always numerize things. When you’r studying, it’s always 10x easier if you put things in terms of step 1, step 2 etc. This way, on the exam it will become easier to recall that piece of information.

  11. which position is good for study?

  12. nice .. work man

  13. hi,

    Just been readin your memorizing techniques and must say you’ve covered very important points. I used your techniques and it did help me memorize my essays but i keept forgetting later on. I’ve got an exam on monday 17th may and i’ve got 5 essays (A4 side) to memorize. I am very stressed, nothing seems to stay in my head i realy dont know what to do :(

    thanks
    Tam

  14. i am glad i read your articles.i am more optimistic now than before.
    thank you very much

  15. its boring

  16. our exams r goin’ on thnx to ur tips the first exam passed out smoothely!

  17. finally .. a perfect search result.. some of the methods we all use subconsciously…

  18. it’s a perfect article think you very much my frien your blogs is very interessent.

  19. nice article…vl apply some techniques… :)

  20. SWEET I HAVE EXAMS IN 4 DAYS!! so thankyou very much (geography i have to memorise 57 country locations)

  21. Really very informative, especially school going children

  22. m using ur tricks, its working thank u sir…

  23. your article is pretty useful

  24. mm,,nice,,i’l try

  25. hey from ur writing i can say that creative who can make a single ting whole world.well,truely you have provided a fantastic information.hands up to you and your caliber.

  26. THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORT, I WILL TRY TO APPLY THE METHOD.

  27. have to memorize a huge answer in a short time.. will surely use these techniques! thanx :)

  28. That’s really great man! keep inspiring the aspirators.

  29. It was so useful .I will surely use these methods .It was kind of interesting .Good job .

  30. Can u give an example? by memorizing something.

  31. Thanks. Good blog.

  32. hi friends i have few more simple tricks which can help you to memorize any thing 10 times faster and for longer….

  33. i like the way ur helping out the viewers congrates. n thanks

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