List of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner

List of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner

This is going to be a list of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner. I hope it will be the biggest resource for memorizing techniques ever.

 

List of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner

So first thing here. There is like this new caste of people called super – learners. The first association I hear  under super – learner is of someone who is reading like a no. 5 robot from short circuit movie. He or she reads fast and is also able to recall the text into the working memory hence is able to use the information in the practice. However,  I do understand under the term superlearner something in a broader sense. It does not reflect only the speed and understanding of the content of the text let’s say, but also the broader context of the information gathered. Superlearner is like Elon Musk. He learns fast and extrapolates his semantic tree from the study material. In another words he targets to understand the fundamentals before he goes into deep details. And he’s superb practical. He uses the learned information in the practice hence he’s creating a knowledge. More on becoming a superlearner here. Let’s get to a list of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner.

The SQ3R Method – good for reading technical texts.

One of the greatest technique that is bound to reading and helps us with memorizing the content and that boosts our motivation and overall understanding is called SQ3R Method. SQ3R stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review. This five-step method is particularly effective for mastering a large volume of technical information from a textbook or professional document.

Survey the material by reading through it quickly. Concentrate most on the chapter headings and subheadings, as well as the first sentence of each paragraph, to get an overview.

Question yourself about the main points of the text. The more provocative and interesting your questions, the better able you will be to mentally organize the material when you re-read it.

Read the text carefully for comprehension, keeping in mind your questions from the second step. Don’t take notes or underline yet—doing so at this stage can actually interfere with your comprehension by interrupting the flow of information.

Recite what you have just read, either to yourself or to someone else. Speaking out loud helps deepen your understanding of the material. Now is also the time to take notes.

Review the text, as well as your notes, a day or two later. Now, think critically about the information: does it support or contradict other information you know about the subject? Go back to your questions from step two. Can you answer them? Do any questions remain? Review the text quickly several more times over the next several days or weeks to help your brain consolidate and store it.

It looks like this in practice

 

Mnemonics

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Mnemonics is one of the best techniques in our list of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner. 

You’ve probably heard stories about people with extraordinary memories and wondered how they do it. Many rely on mnemonic devices (nuh-MON-iks), which are basically learning techniques that aid memory. (The term comes from Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of memory.) One mnemonic device is to think of a word that rhymes with a person’s name so that you don’t forget the name. Another is to come up with a sentence or phrase to help you remember something, such as “Every Good Boy Does Fine” for recalling E, G, B, D, and F, the notes that fall on the lines of the treble-clef musical staff. It is an awesome technique for remembering colleague’s names at work. I am using it quite often. Though, I must say I am not always politically correct, it is only in my head, though it’s ok 🙂 For instance one of my former colleagues, his named rhymed with peanuts. So, every time I saw him, there was a picture in my head of peanuts. Trust this was bullet proof not to forget his name.

 So, you might recall that associations are they key to success in remembering.

When you learn something new, immediately relate it to something you already know. Making connections is essential for building long-term memories especially. What you’re really doing is making the information meaningful, which helps the brain structure known as the hippo-campus to consolidate it. Making connections between new and old information also takes advantage of the older pattern of synaptic activation, piggybacking the new material onto a prefabricated network.

One way to help remember names is by making an association with the first letters. It’s fairly easy to remember the National Aeronautics and Space Administration because of its familiar acronym — NASA. You might try this technique with people’s names, too. Say you meet someone named Louise Anderson. Her initials are L.A., which immediately brings to mind Los Angeles. If you can somehow connect Louise to Los Angeles, you’ll have an easier time remembering her name.

You can also make associations to remember numbers such as access codes or passwords that you need to use regularly but don’t want to write down. Say you need to remember the number 221035 to get your voice mail: 22 could remind you of “Catch 22,” 10 might be the number of cousins you have, and 35 was your age when your oldest child was born. 

Next in our list of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner is Chunking.

 

 

Chunking

So, we were at remembering the numbers.

A great technique for remembering a long series of items is to regroup them. This is sometimes called chunking. You “chunk” when you turn a list of 15 things into three groups of five. You might do this when you go grocery shopping: think of the items you need by categories, such as dairy, produce, desserts, frozen foods, and so on. Chunking is also useful for remembering telephone numbers — which are naturally chunked into the area code, local exchange, and remaining four digits — and other numbers. Say your checking account number is 379852654. Instead of memorizing it as a string of nine single digits, try grouping the digits into three triple-digit numbers: 379, 852, and 654. That way, you’ll reduce the number of chunks of information you need to remember from nine to three. Chunking is a very powerful technique to remember numbers or even different things. 

 

 

Markers

 


Markers are necessary in general. But they are crucial to understanding memory as a neuronal pathway or as a connection of neuronal pathways.

Markers should be ubiquitous in your learning. The more specific, detailed and connected to different memories, the better. It also very good to associate new things to already strong – standing memories you have. Also, try to use visual markers, as pictures are much more powerful in our brains as anything else. Your visuals should also be very detailed and you know full of pictures. Markers are here for you in your daily life. Please use them. It works out just like I already mentioned with my former colleague that to remember names it is great to create associations to things that come to you naturally.  If you think of a peanut just like I am thinking when I see my colleague, try to think in details. I usually associate peanuts with peanut butter, the famous Jif bottle brand kind of type, I see peanuts in their nutshell as this is a very powerful picture I have stored in my long – term memory.

Markers are good when learning new languages. I am learning Hungarian for fun for instance. There was this unbelievably hard word Ettermekben means in Restaurant. What you can do is to dissect this word to multiple and you will remember it for ruse. So, Ettermekben – ether – I imagine ether, like the digital currency ethereum, mek – I imagine big mac, ben – I imagine big ben. This way when you connect the pictures – ethereum, big mac, and big ben, there is not a chance for you to forget this word. After some repeating of course.

Markers are here for you when you are reading a book. If you are reading and you know that you will be interrupted, like you need to go to prepare a lunch or something, create a marker of what you were lastly reading about. And make it as vivid and picturesque as possible. If it was something about civil war in America, imagine horrendous scenes from the battlefield, wounded soldiers, chaos everywhere, put a little of emotion, it was a war right? Imagine a flag of Confederacy if you have it memorized strongly, as I do and etc.

 Same goes for, entering a room. You can marker your cell phone every time you put it someplace. I do it all the time. You can place your phone next to the TV and make a marker, that they are both made by a company Samsung, that’s why they belong together. It is well known that Samsung makes TVs and cell phones. TV and smartphone is a technology so they go together, they can be even connected to wi – fi, they are all black, imagine them being black, well if your cell phone is black. You get the point you are creating a path and connections so you know eventually, where did you put your cell phone. There are also different techniques we will get to them later.

 So, make your markers visual and detailed and connected to already strong memorized memory connections and patterns.

Next in our List of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner is mind palace.

 

 

 

Mind Palace

We do think that there is a short line between what goes into our short – term memory and to our long – term memory. We do not have 100% control of that process. But there is a technique that can significantly improve our memory retention for the long run. It is called mind palace or memory palace and it has been used by memory champions all over the world. It is an ancient technique that was used by Greeks and is especially useful when you need to memorize something that will boost your growth. Memory palace works like this. You visualize your home, the place you are familiar with into very specific tiny bits. And you load it with pictures – the more bizarre, obnoxious, crazy, the better.

It should look something like this:

I especially like his ending quote in the video. To live a memorable life, you have to be kind of person that remembers to remember.

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List of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner – Tips for better memory

1. Believe in yourself.

Myths about aging can contribute to a failing memory. Middle-aged and older learners do worse on memory tasks when exposed to negative stereotypes about aging and memory, and better if exposed to messages about memory preservation into old age. If you believe that having a good or poor memory is out of your control, you’ll also be less likely to put in the effort to maintain or improve your memory skills and may thus experience greater cognitive decline as you age. Believing that you can improve — and translating that belief into practice by developing memory skills and challenging your mind — will keep you sharper.

2. Economize your brain use.

If you don’t need to use mental energy remembering where you laid your keys or the time of your granddaughter’s birthday party, you’ll be better able to concentrate on learning and remembering new and important things. Take advantage of calendars and planners, maps, shopping lists, file folders, and address books to keep routine information accessible. Designate a place at home for your glasses, purse, keys, and other items you use frequently. Removing clutter from your office or home will minimize distractions so you can focus on the new information you want to remember.

3. Organize your thoughts.

New information that’s broken into smaller chunks, such as the hyphenated sections of a phone or social security number, is easier to remember than a single long list, such as financial account numbers or the name of everyone in a classroom. When presented with something lengthy to remember, divide it into smaller pieces (in the classroom, separate the children by row and gender), or notice patterns, such as repeated digits or all the children with long hair.

Remember your healthYou won’t have much luck implementing memory-improvement strategies if a health condition is sapping your learning ability. Many medical problems that become more common with age can impair cognitive skills if they go unrecognized or untreated. Here are some ways to protect yourself:

    • Avoid sugar shock. In the Harvard’s Nurses’ Health Study, women ages 70–81 performed worse on cognitive tests and showed more deterioration over a two-year period if they had type 2 diabetes. Those taking medication to control glucose levels did better than those not on drugs.
    • Control your pressure. Some “senior moments,” or memory lapses, have been linked to a reduction in blood flow to the brain caused by high blood pressure. In the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, people did worse on memory and other cognitive tests if they had either low or high blood pressure. High blood pressure seems to be more damaging to memory in women than in men.
    • Keep breathing. People with sleep apnea, who stop breathing temporarily many times during the night, score worse on memory and cognitive tests. Their scores rise if they use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to keep airways open during sleep.
    • Treat depression. Cognitive problems can be a symptom of depression. Older women who are depressed have worse cognitive function than non-depressed women, and their skills decline more rapidly with time. Among adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, those who also have depression are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Check your thyroid. An underactive thyroid can adversely affect learning, memory, and attention. When thyroid hormone levels return to normal with treatment, performance in these areas improves. Even if thyroid hormone isn’t low enough to cause other symptoms, older women who go untreated for this condition are twice as likely to experience cognitive decline.
    • Balance your iron. After menopause, iron deficiency isn’t common; physicians worry more about the cardiovascular impact of getting too much. However, women who do have laboratory-confirmed low iron levels perform significantly worse on cognitive tests. After a few weeks of supplements, their scores return to normal.

4. Use all your senses.

The more senses you use when you learn something, the more of your brain will be involved in retaining the memory. For example, odors are famous for conjuring memories from the distant past, especially those with strong emotional content, such as visits to a cookie-baking grandparent.

A study published in the journal Neuron (May 2004) demonstrated that odors can also improve memories of more routine matters. Adults were shown a series of emotionally neutral images, each presented along with an odor. They were not asked to remember what they saw. Later, they were shown a set of images, this time without odors, and asked to indicate which they’d seen before. Recall was excellent for all odor-paired pictures, and the best for those associated with pleasant smells. During brain imaging, the scientists found that the primary odor-processing region of the brain (the piriform cortex) became active when people saw objects they’d originally seen with odors, even though odors were no longer present and the subjects hadn’t tried to remember them.

5. Expand your brain.

Widen the brain regions involved in learning by reading aloud, drawing a picture, or writing down the information you want to learn (even if you never look back at your notes). Just forming a visual image of something makes it easier to remember and understand; it forces you to make the information more precise.

6. Repeat after me.

When you want to remember something you have just heard or thought about, repeat it out loud. For example, if you’ve just been told someone’s name, use it when you speak with him or her: “So John, where did you meet Camille?”

If you place one of your belongings somewhere other than its designated home, make a note of it aloud to yourself. And don’t hesitate to ask for information to be repeated.

7. Space it out.

Repetition is an even more potent learning tool when it’s properly timed. Instead of repeating something many times in a short period, as if you were cramming for an exam, re-study the essentials after increasingly longer periods of time — once an hour, then every few hours, then every day. Spacing out periods of study is particularly valuable when you are trying to master complicated information, such as the details of a new assignment at work. In research studies, spaced rehearsal improves recall in both healthy people and those with physically based cognitive problems, such as those associated with multiple sclerosis.

8. Make a mnemonic.

Mnemonic devices are creative ways to remember lists. They can take the form of acronyms — such as the word RICE to remember first-aid advice for injured limbs: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation — or sentences, such as the classic “Every good boy does fine,” to remember the musical notes E, G, B, D, and F on the lines of the treble clef.

For older learners, a particularly helpful system is a story mnemonic — that is, a brief narrative in which each item cues you to remember the next one. For example, the sentence “The dog knocked over my glass of milk so I have to wash the floor” could remind you that your dog has a vet appointment, you should pick up your new glasses, and you need to buy milk and floor cleaner.

9. Challenge yourself.

Engaging in activities that require you to concentrate and tax your memory will help you maintain skills as you age. Discuss books, do crossword puzzles, try new recipes, travel, and undertake projects or hobbies that require skills you aren’t familiar or comfortable with. Again, challenge all of your senses as you venture into the unfamiliar: Try to guess the ingredients in a restaurant dish; give sculpting or ceramics a try; sample different types of music.

 

List of all memorizing techniques that will help you to become a superlearner –  keeping your brain young

Every brain changes with age, and mental function changes along with it. Mental decline is common, and it’s one of the most feared consequences of aging. But cognitive impairment is not inevitable. Here are 12 ways you can help reduce your risk of age-related memory loss.

1. Get mental stimulation

Through research with mice and humans, doctors suspect that brainy activities stimulate new connections between nerve cells and may even help the brain generate new cells, developing neurological “plasticity” and building up a functional reserve that provides a hedge against future cell loss.Any mentally stimulating activity should help to build up your brain. Read, take courses, try “mental gymnastics,” such as word puzzles or math problems Experiment with things that require manual dexterity as well as mental effort, such as drawing, painting, and other crafts.

2. Get physical exercise

Research shows that using your muscles may also help your mind. Animals who exercise regularly increase the number of tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood to the region of the brain that is responsible for thought. Exercise also spurs the development of new nerve cells and increases the connections between brain cells (synapses). This results in brains that are more efficient, plastic, and adaptive, which translates into better performance in aging animals. Exercise also lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, fights diabetes, and reduces mental stress, all of which can help your brain as well as your heart.

3. Improve your diet

Good nutrition can help your mind as well as your body. Here are some specifics:

  • Keep your calories in check. In both animals and humans, a reduced caloric intake has been linked to a lower risk of mental decline in old age.
  • Eat the right foods. That means reducing your consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol from animal sources and of trans-fatty acids from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
  • Remember your Bs. Three B vitamins, folic acid, B6, and B12, can help lower your homocysteine levels, high levels of which have been linked to an increased risk of dementia. Fortified cereal, other grains, and leafy green vegetables are good sources of B vitamins.

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4. Improve your blood pressure

High blood pressure in midlife increases the risk of cognitive decline in old age. Use lifestyle modification to keep your pressure as low as possible. Stay lean, exercise regularly, limit your alcohol to two drinks a day, reduce stress, and eat right.

5. Improve your blood sugar

Diabetes is an important risk factor for dementia. You can fight diabetes by eating right, exercising regularly, and staying lean. But if your blood sugar stays high, you’ll need medication to achieve good control.

6. Improve your cholesterol

High levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol increase the risk of dementia, as do low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Diet, exercise, weight control, and avoiding tobacco will go a long way toward improving your cholesterol levels. But if you need more help, ask your doctor about medication.

7. Consider low-dose aspirin

Observational studies suggest that long-term use of aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may reduce the risk of dementia by 10%–55%. It’s hopeful information, but it’s preliminary. Experts are not ready to recommend aspirin specifically for dementia.

8. Avoid tobacco

Avoid tobacco in all its forms.

9. Don’t abuse alcohol

Excessive drinking is a major risk factor for dementia. If you choose to drink, limit yourself to two drinks a day. But if you use alcohol responsibly, you may actually reduce your risk of dementia. At least five studies have linked low-dose alcohol with a reduced risk of dementia in older adults.

10. Care for your emotions

People who are anxious, depressed, sleep-deprived, or exhausted tend to score poorly on cognitive function tests. Poor scores don’t necessarily predict an increased risk of cognitive decline in old age, but good mental health and restful sleep are certainly important goals.

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11. Protect your head

You may be surprised to learn that moderate to severe head injuries early in life increase the risk of cognitive impairment in old age. Concussions increase risk by a factor of 10.

12. Build social networks

Strong social ties have been associated with lower blood pressure and longer life expectancy.

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