Some Tricks To Remember Anything
I am the absolute worst at remember anything. My biggest problem is remembering names. Maybe these tricks to remember anything could possibly help me.
Whether it's someone's name, or where I put my keys, I have a terrible time recalling. I am so desperate that I will try anything to remember a person's name.
American Express thinks it's bad business to forget things. They are offering up ways to remember things. Whatever it is that you are having trouble remembering, maybe these tips can help.
1. Replay it in your mind
Source: To remember something, Chris Bird of the University of Sussex says you should "replay" it in your mind in the order in which it happened. When he asked students to watch a YouTube video and then replay it in their mind for about 40 seconds, they had far better recall of the video a week later than those who didn't do this.
2. Draw a picture
Source: This isn't about your art skills. Jeffrey Wammes of the University of Waterloo recruited two groups of students and gave each group an identical list of words. One group was asked to draw a picture of each word, while the other group wrote each word over and over for 40 seconds. Later, the students were given a surprise memory test. Those who drew pictures of the words recalled twice as many words as the students who had written them.
3. Turn off your smartphone, tablet and PC
Source: Nicholas Carr, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book "The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing Our Brains," says the constant interruptions we endure daily when we check out phones and computers have a profound effect on the way we think and what we remember--and it's not a positive effect. If you are distracted while you're trying to take in new information, you're not going to be able to consolidate the memory.
4. Tell someone else about the thing you want to remember
Source: If you want your teenager to do better on tests, here's an interesting trick: He should tell a friend what he has learned. Baylor University researcher Melanie Sekeres found that students who receive information and then re-tell it to someone else immediately recall the details better and longer than if they just re-read it in a textbook--a strategy that could pay off big time at test time.
5. Don't do the same thing over and over again
Source: It was once thought that the best way to master a skill was to repeat the act over and over and over. Now Pablo Celnik, a researcher from Johns Hopkins University, says that mixing things up can be beneficial. By slightly changing the task, the lesson is more likely to be remembered.
[via: American Express]