How to remember things quickly and for a longer time?
Have you seen the movie Limitless? if you have you probably remember the main character who found a special pill that allowed him to recall all experience and knowledge and use it whenever he needs. We learn things through our entire life but we didn’t remember everything. Because we forget a lot of information. Why does this happen? how could we remember things much better?
Well, I will tell you about some simple memorizing tips and a universal formula to retrieve the information from your memory whenever needed.
Firstly why do we forget things? It is because your brain is like a hard drive which has a limited memory.
Sherlock homes didn’t remember the name of all the planets. This is not because he didn’t attend the schools or something like that but because he was to smart to keep such irrelevant information in his brain. He doesn’t remember the facts that he never needs. This is what your brain does. It protects you from overloading the information. That’s why it keeps all the new information in your short-term memory, not in the long one. so if you don’t repeat it or use it you will forget it very quickly.
German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus research the memory and its mechanism, he described the forgetting curve, which shows that just one hour after learning something new we forget half of the information. One day later we remember only about 30 % of the information.
So how to remember everything. There is a memorization technique called spaced repetition. to keep some information in your brain for a longer time you need to put it into your long-term memory. The first memorization is not very effective.
How to memorize something quickly, use it for once and forget it?
If you are in the situation in which you have just one day to memorize something, use it another day and forget it completely then this technique will be very useful for you, for example, it is used in exam preparation mostly, in which you study one night before the exams mostly for engineers. Here is the process –
- Repeat the information after learning something.
- 2nd repetition after 15-20 mins.
- 3rd repetition after 6-8 hours.
- Final repetition after 24 hours when you first contacted the information.
Do not read the information between these time periods, just do something else and let your brain relax. Now when next time you need to memorize some information quickly, use this technique.
How to memorize something for a long time?
If you want to memorize the things for a long time then you need to extend the memorization period. Here is how you need to do this –
- The 1st repetition just after learning
- 2nd repetition it after20-30 mins
- 3rd repetition after 1 day
- Next repetition 2-3 weeks
- And the last repetition after 2-3months
This way you can learn something for a long time. The brain thinks that if you return to information after some time that it is important for you and it doesn’t get erased. I hope that these techniques will be useful to you.