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  1. 1. ==== ====Looking toimprove memory and self check this out. ====If you have memory problems, you might not be using your brain in the right way. The solution?Learn the trick that memory performers use.These performers amaze us with all sorts of memory feats, such as magically remembering theexact order of the 52 cards in a deck (or even several decks!). You might assume these peoplehave photographic memories, but you would be wrong. Most of them only have averagememories.Instead, memory performers use a technique that I will call "Visualization and Association"(V&A). This is a fun memory trick that anyone who wants to have a great memory can learn.If you have trouble remembering your school work, or facts related to your job, or current events,or peoples names, or any other type of information, the solution is to learn V&A and make ita personal habit you use every day.Even if you only have an average memory - or even a bad memory - you can still use V&A tomemorize things easily and well. Small children have been taught this technique, so anyone canlearn it.Why This Technique WorksMost people remember images better than verbal or written information. For example, I may beable to easily imagine the different homes I have lived in during my life, even though I might havea hard time remembering all the addresses and phone numbers.Images are concrete, while raw information is often abstract. With the V&A technique, youconvert the abstract information into easy-to-remember mental pictures.Before I explain how to do the V&A memory technique, let me explain why it works. I havealready mentioned that images are easier to remember. But it goes beyond that. Other importantaspects of memory that V&A takes advantage of are concentration and repetition.If you cant focus, you wont remember what you are trying to learn. The V&A process forcesyou to focus. Why? Because you are actively using the material. To change facts into mentalimages, you must focus - you have no choice. Creating mental images is a powerful way to focusthe mind.In addition, exposing yourself to the material over and over while creating images is repetition. Ifsomeone you meet tells you their name one time, you might or might not remember their name.But if they remind you during the conversation what their name is, you will remember their name
  2. 2. more easily because you heard it more than once. (Most people we meet dont help us out likethat, though!) When creating your mental images, you naturally "repeat" the details until you geteach image clear in your mind.So the V&A technique boosts your memory for three reasons:-Images are easier to remember than facts-Creating images forces you to focus-Reviewing your images is repetition that helps memoryBy the way, V&A is not time consuming - it saves time. Creating mental images does take afew moments. But if you practice a little each day, you will get very fast. Think about this: howmuch time have you wasted repeating something over and over in the hope of remembering it,and then you forget it anyway? Use the V&A memory trick, and you will remember theinformation very well the first time. And it will stick.How to Do ItSo, how do you use the V&A memory technique? Let me explain using an example. Thisexample is from science, but V&A is so basic it can be used to remember just about anything.Lets suppose your biochemistry teacher asks you to memorize the most common "nucleotides",chemicals that are part of everyones DNA.The teacher tells you there are five types of nucleotides: adenine, guanine, cytosine, uracil, andthymine.Now, how can you remember this information for the exam? If you simply repeat the names of thenucleotides over and over, you might forget one or more of them in a short time.The V&A trick is to create mental images and associate the images together in your head.Here are the steps for using the V&A technique:Think of easy words or phrases that sound like the hard words.Examples:nucleotide = "nuclear tide"adenine = "add a knee"guanine = "gong knee"cytosine = "sight a stream"
  3. 3. uracil = "youre a sill"thymine = "thigh meat"The easy words dont have to sound exactly like the hard words. The easy words act as areminder. You will automatically remember the hard words if you recall the easy ones. Trust meon this.Now, think of a simple mental image for each easy word. Silly images are fine. Actually they arebetter, because silly things are easier to remember.Try to see each image vividly in your mind.Examples:nuclear tide = nuclear bomb mushroom cloud exploding in ocean waves (not silly)add a knee = adding a knee to one of your legs, so that you have three knees (silly)gong knee = hit your knee, it sounds like a metal gong (musical instrument)sight a stream = a stream flowing in the distanceyoure a sill = you are lying sideways under a big window - you are the window sillthigh meat = fried chicken, thigh pieceNow, associate the mental images to each other, in order.Again, make sure to imagine the mental pictures clearly. Imagine the colors, shapes, sounds, andmovement in your images. This will help the pictures stick in your mind.nuclear tide -> add a knee: connect the "tide" in your nuclear tide image with the three kneesimage. Perhaps imagine yourself with three knees trying to wade through the tide at the beach.add a knee -> gong knee = the word "knee" already connects these two. So, the image of youwading three-kneed through the tide could make you think of hitting your knee making it sound likea gong.gong knee -> sight a stream = youve already used "knee" in two images. To prevent confusion,tie the "gong" to the sight a stream image. Your image of hitting your knee like a gong could makeyou think of you seeing a distant stream with hundreds of gongs floating down river.sight a stream -> youre a sill = now, tie "stream" to your sill image. As a separate image,imagine yourself as a window sill, and a stream is flowing through the window getting you all wet.youre a sill -> thigh meat = now, create a separate image associating "sill" with a fried chicken
  4. 4. thigh. Perhaps imagine someone closing a window onto a box of fried chicken. It makes a greasymess, and one of the chicken thighs gets smushed on the sill.Thats it. Now, review it. The teacher asks you to name the five nucleotides that make up DNA.See if you can do it by recalling the images in your mind. Start with your image of "nuclear tide".Lets walk through it. The teacher says "nucleotide" or you see the word written on the test, andimmediately your image of a mushroom cloud in the ocean tide (nuclear tide) comes to mind.Next, "tide" should remind you of your three-kneed self wading through the tide. You have anextra knee ("add a knee"), so the first nucleotide is adenine.The three knees image makes you think of your "gong knee" image, so the second nucleotide isguanine. The gong knee reminds you of all the gongs floating down a distant stream in your sight("sight a stream"), so the third nucleotide is cytosine.Next, the stream reminds you of the window that a stream is flowing through, with you as thewindow sill ("youre a sill"), so the next nucleotide is uracil. Finally, the window sill reminds you ofa window closing on a box of fried chicken, with the fried chicken thigh ("thigh meat") gettingsmashed - thymine.Its true, it took me a few moments to type this description of what you are seeing in your mind.But the mental process is actually very fast. The images literally flash one after the other in yourminds eye, and you instantly know the answer.Some scientists believe we never forget anything. Nine times out of ten, the reason we cantremember is that we cant find the information in our brains. Its there, we just cant get to it. Wehave not made it a habit to create the mental hooks - the images - that we need to grab and pullout the information.Thats what I meant at the beginning about not using your brain in the right way. If you practicethe V&A memory technique, you will get very good at creating the mental hooks for anythingthat you want to remember.At first, it may seem like an artificial way to remember something. But remember, Visualization& Association is what the memory performers use - and it works. Its actually a lot of fun,once you get the hang of it. It really taps into your creativity.Douglas Jobes has made it his mission to help others improve their memory. On his websitehttp://www.memory-improvement-tips.comDouglas provides free information and resources for anyone who wants to remember things better.Check out his website for more great memory improvement tips.
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