Memory Systems and Strategies

Over the years, thousands of people have been trained in memory systems and strategies, yet in general, most people aren’t aware that they can improve the way their brains function when it comes to improving their memory. A system creates an organized way of doing things — and that can be applied to depositing and retrieving information from memory as well as anything else you do in your daily life at work or at home.

Memory Systems and Strategies

Use memory systems and strategies to organize your mental filing cabinet and make retrieving information so much easier.

Often the problem with remembering isn’t that the information is not in your brain, especially if you’ve studied it. Instead, problems with memory usually involve finding (retrieving) the information.

Here are the most common systems (also called memory methods or techniques):

  • Keyword Method. A very effective for memorizing vocabulary definitions or foreign languages.
  • Link Method. Great for quickly memorizing lists of any length or any kind.
  • Peg Method. Another very useful method for memorizing lists of information.
  • Loci or Journey Method. A simple memory technique that links new information to routes or locations you already know well.
  • Face-Name Method. The amazing technique used by memory performers to memorize the names of dozens of people at a time.
  • Phonetic Method. The special system you can use to memorize long numbers effectively.
  • Bible Verses. This Rote Memory system can help you memorize Bible verses more easily.

Why so many different systems? Because each method is useful for a different kind of information. A good analogy is a toolbox full of different tools. You would not expect to use a hammer to saw boards, or a screwdriver to pound nails.

A disorganized mind is like a filing cabinet into which documents have been thrown at random, with no folders or labels. When you try to find a particular item, the clutter of the rest hinders your efforts. However, if all the documents are in labeled folders, and the folders are in labeled drawers, finding what you want is very easy because you simply look under the appropriate heading.

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Using memory systems and strategies creates a mental filing cabinet that is well organized, and importantly, establishes a more reliable way to retrieve information when you need it. How much easier would that make your job?

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