#BrainFactMonday – How Do You Memorise Things Quickly and Effectively?
Posted on 3rd July 2023
How do you memorise things quickly and effectively? I wish I had known these steps when I delivered my 18-mins TEDx Talk in 2018 instead of struggling day and night about it!
So here's your #BrainFactMonday that helps you leverage your brain so that you can learn your speeches, data or anything else you need to succeed in your career:
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝟭: 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻'𝘀 "𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲" 🏰 Imagine constructing a mental palace, a vivid and personalised environment in your mind. Assign each piece of information you want to memorise to a specific location within this palace. Be creative, colorful, and engage all your senses to create lasting impressions.
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝟮: 𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 🔗 Forge connections between the information you want to memorise and existing knowledge stored in your brain. The stronger the association, the more effortless the recall. Linking unrelated concepts through vivid mental imagery or narratives can supercharge your memory abilities.
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝟯: 𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 😄 Emotions have a profound impact on memory retention. Infuse your learning experience with positive emotions, such as excitement, curiosity, or even humour. By attaching emotional significance to the information, you activate your brain's attention and retention mechanisms, bolstering memorisation.
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝟰: 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 🔁 Practice makes perfect, you know that. Repetition is a crucial element in reinforcing memory formation. However, the key lies in spacing out your practice sessions intelligently. Allow ample time intervals between each repetition to optimise long-term retention. Quality trumps quantity in this case!
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝟱: 𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽 💤 Sleep plays a vital role in consolidating memories. During sleep, your brain processes and strengthens the newly acquired information. Prioritise a good night's sleep to enhance your memory's durability. A well-rested mind is a highly efficient learning machine.
Remember, true mastery comes with practice and patience, no technique will make you skip that, so apply this process consistently, and watch as your ability to memorise speeches, data, and feedback skyrockets.