From older students who want to jumpstart their brains to those who find that a faulty memory often results in confusion and increasing difficulty with completing tasks there are several memorization techniques that can make learning, remembering, and comprehending a simpler task. In fact, research shows that most people only remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, and 30% of what they see. Thus, you might find comfort in the fact that you are not the only one who is probably seeking to increase your memory skills!

There are two types of learners: auditory and visual. Your fist task before using any of the memorization techniques is to figure out which type of learning suits you the best because then you can identify which memorization techniques will work the most effectively for you.

Visual learners may find that taking notes, collecting diagrams and charts, or writing out symbols with mnemonics may help stimulate the brain. For those who are auditory learners, notes, mnemonics, flash cards, and videotaping speeches can help. Mnemonics are also helpful for auditory learners if rewritten or if associated with symbols. Remembering patterns can also help you remember. A popular example of a mnemonic is HOMES, the first letter of each of the Great Lakes. The idea of memorization techniques is loosely the same for each technique, if you can give yourself a hint in the right direction you will better be able to fill in the blanks using your comprehension skills.

Also, while memorization games such as flash cards, memory, and other games may not help you learn urgent material, playing games that involve a significant amount of memory will help you identify your learning style and stimulate your brain towards better memory. Thus, while you may not realize it, sharpening your brain will help you sharpen your memory for when you need it!

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