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8 Quick memory tricks

05 August 2013, 11:00

Have a brain like a sieve? Here's how to improve your memory.

1. Learn with all your senses
If you can see, touch, taste, hear and smell it, you're much more likely to remember it.

2. Learn by doing
"Muscle memory" is extremely powerful. That's why you can still ride a bike or play an old piece on a musical instrument, even if you haven't done so for 20 years.

3. Use linking tools as memory pegs
Attach new information to facts you know well.

4. Make those links visual
For example, visualise a typical McDonald's arch with a crocodile underneath it to recall that Ray Krok founded the fast-food chain.

5. Make your links in verse
Little rhymes often jog the brain into recalling facts.

6. Practise, practise, practise
If you're learning French, work in a French restaurant. Join Toastmasters to practise public speaking. Spend time playing the violin daily.

7. Memorise initial letters
This gives your brain a prompt to fill in the gaps, especially when memorising lists of things.

8. Get emotionally involved
Passion for what you're trying to remember is the key!

- True Love



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