How To Memorize: Final Advice
As you can see, improving your memory skills is a multi-faceted task with many new habits to build and strategies to implement.
Does it feel overwhelming? I don’t blame you. Like learning a sport or an instrument, learning how to memorize takes practice to master.
The good news is, it all starts with a first step.
Make Things Absurd and Funny
We tend to remember the funny and absurd more than the mundane. Make an outlandish joke out of the thing you hope to memorize—an awful pun, a silly limerick, even a dirty or rude joke. No one ever has to hear it but you!
Don’t Use More Ideas than Necessary
The simplest version of the concept is usually the easiest thing to remember. Don’t burden your memorization process with extra details or conditionals like “Unless …” “If …” or “On the other hand.”
Use All Your Senses
Sensory memory can be a powerful conduit to encoding your long-term-memory. Link the thing you are trying to memorize to the way the object looks, the way the words look, the way the word sounds, the way the letters sound when spelled out, a smell or taste, the air temperature or another sensation.
Build Connections Between Pieces of Information in your Mind
Use association to familiar places, friends and family names, other objects, daily tasks, silly stories … anything you can do to create a cluster of memory. That way, when you pull on one piece of the cluster, the entire memory comes along with it.
Add another category of information to memorize, and/or a new technique, every 30 days or when you feel you have mastered the habit. Feel free to stick to last month’s technique if it is working for you.