Mon, Feb 15, 21

How to Memorize Material Faster

* “Verified by a US-based board-certified doctor”

People often joke about their 'bad memory,' but science shows us that our memory can be what we make of it. If we give attention to memorizing things using proven techniques, we can see dramatic improvements. 

How our memory works 

To memorize material faster, it helps to understand the internal process. So let's discuss how our memory works. 

After centuries of research and assumptions, science has narrowed the process of memorization down to three distinct stages: encoding, storage, and recall. 

  • Encoding: At this first stage of memory formation, you have consciously observed or determined something to be remembered. Your brain begins to extract and compile any sensory information from it. 
  • Storage: The information collected about the event or the items to be remembered is stored in various parts of the brain. The neurons (your brain cells) communicate with one another about the information to form either long-term or brief connections between each other. The stronger these connections, the more established the memory.

We have two kinds of stored memory: short term and long term memory. 

  • Short term memory is how we hold information that we won't need for very long. For instance, the five items we need to pick up at the store or our order in a restaurant. We need to remember these things, but after we've purchased our items from the grocery store or been served our meal in the restaurant, we don't need that information anymore. Our brain' lets go of it.' 
  • Long term memory begins as short term memory but is information held onto for days or years. This form of memory is how we can recall so much of our childhood, our college experience, or the birth of our first child. 
  • Recall: This is the process of bringing back into our conscious thinking something that has happened in the past or information we have learned beforehand

It's important to note that our memories are not 'snapshots' of the past. They aren't moments frozen in time as they seem. Over time, we actually incorporate new information into our memories. This action is subtle, but our memories are not exact representations of what we have experienced but rather a creative rendering of the event. 

Related: Mental Acquity: A Guide to Staying Mentally Sharp

Tips to memorizing material faster

Now that we are familiar with the mechanics of the process, here are some proven tips for memorizing material faster.  

 Man writing notes inside a notepad

 

Write things down

If it's possible to write down the material you're trying to learn, do it. Our ability to remember information, understand new ideas, and be more productive overall is boosted when we write things by hand. Why not just type it - you ask? Because according to research by UCLA and Princeton University, not only does typing not aid in the learning process, it may hinder it. 

When you write by hand, your brain must work to digest, summarize, and find the meaning in the information. This work translates into better understanding and retention. 

Make it meaningful

Have you ever tried to memorize nonsense? Things that make sense to us are easier to remember than things that make no sense. This tip has a double implication:

i ) When you can ascribe meaning, relevance, even reward to what you're doing, it will be easier to do. So reminding yourself of how memorizing this material will move you toward your work and life goals will motivate you to do the work.

ii ) Make the material make sense to you. Summarize the points and try to understand the overall concept to encourage your brain to hold it. Sterile, meaningless information is complicated to remember. Our brains love lively, colorful, interesting material.

Are you ready to optimize your brain and be the most productive you have ever been? We’re the world’s first productivity drink, with high-quality ingredients including Matcha, nootropics, and adaptogens. Check out Magic Mind today!

Associate

Our brains love new information to be built upon old information. Be intentional about finding ways to connect the new stuff with the knowledge you have already. This may be accomplished by 'building out' from what you already know. For instance, we can learn multiplication by building on the knowledge we have about addition. Once we realize that multiplication is fast addition, we can learn it faster. 

Related:  How to Be More Productive: A Complete Guide

A very well organized keywords

Organize

Our brains love organization. It's like a massive library with volumes of books. We don't want those books all over the floor or on shelves in no particular order or without proper covers and titles. How long would it take to find information in a library in this state? 

Organize the material to be memorized in some order that makes sense to you. Learn it sequentially and remember to rehearse the earlier memorized parts along with the brand new bits. This will help you connect it all and present it in your brain in an organized manner. 

Attention

We'll never learn information if we don't give it attention. This means paying attention when it is first presented to us and also putting in the time to digest the information. For instance, you'll learn people's names faster if you pay attention when you are first introduced and call them by their name a few times in the beginning. You might even spend time rehearsing their name and face in your mind later to help solidify it.  

Visualize 

Our brains are predominantly visual. Words are not as easy to remember as images. One of the fastest ways to memorize new material is to make it visual with imagery. For example, when studying mathematics in college, I learned many algorithms by creating a character representing each. Using the algorithm's name and how it behaved, I gave my exaggerated characters clothing, colors, and symbols. It was fun, and it worked! 

One creative way to make your material visual is to construct a mind map. A mind map is a beautiful way of making non-visual material visual. Make it colorful and vibrant - remember these are things your brain loves. 

Repetition

I know, you were hoping not to see this old method on here. But it is still the best way to memorize material faster. Anything that you repeat over and over again will stick in your brain. Whatever other methods you use, repetition will be vital to making the new material hold. 

Related: Brain Boosting Supplements: How to Choose the Right One for You

Final thoughts

There are many useful methods for memorizing material faster, including these above. Whether you're applying yourself to learn a speech or a new language, memorization is a worthy endeavor. Our minds grow sharper with use, so giving attention to learning new things is exciting and will have long-term benefits for your brain

Do you want to do more with less stress? Our 12 active ingredients will stimulate focus, creativity, energy, and motivation, while reducing stress, oxidation, and inflammation in the body. Come and see what the fuss is all about. Visit Magic Mind

More Recent Articles

a honey jar

Honey: What is it And What Are The Benefits

So, why is honey such a big deal? Here's all the buzz (pun intended). This golden, thick liquid has properties that can improve your health, heal wounds, treat illness, prevent disease, and take your breakfast toast to a whole new level!  What is Honey Honey bees collect nectar and pollen to take back to their hive by flying from flower to flower. A bee may visit up to 100 flowers in a single trip within a 4 to 5-mile radius of their home. Once back at the hive, they get to work producing honey. This spring and summer activity makes food that will sustain them through the cold winter when ...

Keep Reading
Trying to Increase Your IQ? Here Are Some Tips

Trying to Increase Your IQ? Here Are Some Tips

Who doesn't want to be smarter? The great news is, your IQ is not fixed - it can be increased. There are many ways to boost the functioning of your brain to elevate your IQ. This can also boost your confidence and open doors of opportunity in your career and life.  What is an IQ? Your intelligence quotient, IQ for short, is the measure of your reasoning ability. It looks at your ability to take information and logically find solutions or predict outcomes. With the complexity of our world today, these are invaluable skills for every area of life. If you have ever taken an IQ test, you'll kno...

Keep Reading
A kettle and a gourd of yerba mate

Yerba Mate: What Is It And What Are The Benefits?

It’s been said that yerba mate has the health benefits of tea, the strength of coffee, and the euphoria of chocolate - all in one drink. We’re checking out yerba mate and the hype surrounding it. Is it as good for you as they say? We’ll find out.  What is Yerba Mate? Yerba mate is a caffeinated drink made from the leaves of a holly tree, called Ilex paraguariensis, grown in South America. The drink is native to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Southern Brazil. It was first used to increase physical stamina by warriors and farmers and also for medicinal purposes. Native people thought it wa...

Keep Reading
a cup of matcha green tea

Matcha Green Tea: What Is It And What Are The Benefits

Are you looking for a beverage that can improve your health?  For years, people have been drinking green tea to improve their health. Now, matcha green tea is exploding in popularity because of its health benefits. What is matcha green tea? And, why is matcha green tea so good for you? Keep reading this guide to learn all about matcha green tea.  Related: Benefits of Matcha: What You Need to Know  What is Matcha Green Tea?  It’s hard to find a cafe or coffee shop these days that doesn’t serve matcha green tea. Besides being available as a tea, you can also find matcha shots, lattes, and eve...

Keep Reading
a woman relaxing in a pool

What are Natural Alternatives to Xanax?

Xanax is one of the most popular medications for treating anxiety in the US. Known generically as alprazolam, Xanax falls into a class of medications known as benzodiazepines.  These medications work with the brain and the nervous system to produce a calming effect. While Xanax has helped millions of people manage their anxiety, it does come with some unwanted side effects.  Many people who take Xanax experience drowsiness, dizziness, memory problems, sleep problems, trouble concentrating, and poor coordination. If you’re looking to avoid some of these side effects, there are some natural a...

Keep Reading
Supplements That Can Help Increase Oxytocin

Supplements That Can Help Increase Oxytocin

Are you looking to naturally increase your oxytocin levels? Oxytocin is a hormone that’s produced in the hypothalamus.  The pituitary gland then secretes oxytocin into the bloodstream so it can act on the rest of the body. Oxytocin is one of the most crucial hormones in the body, and low levels of oxytocin are even linked to lower levels of empathy.  Luckily, there are supplements you can take to increase oxytocin. Keep reading this guide to learn about the best supplements for increasing oxytocin.  Related: Is it Possible to Have Too Much Dopamine?  What is Oxytocin?  Before we talk about ...

Keep Reading