Memory

by Len Horridge

Memory techniques

The key to being able to recall things on demand is to ensure they are well encoded in the first place, so most memory techniques focus on the encoding part of the process.

This can be simply ensuring that information is encoded strongly, but it also includes the intentional encoding of information along with specific retrieval cues to enable easier recall.

The techniques

On the following pages there are several techniques that you can use to improve your memory. There is some overlap between them and people who have good memories tend to combine techniques, so there is no need to use them in isolation. Mix them up and find out what works for you.

Above all, bear in mind Dr Verghese’s discovery that playing games improves your memory. Boredom is the enemy of memory, so have fun discovering what works for you!

Organising

Association

Reminders

Mnemonics

Sensory encoding

Rehearsal

Study basics

Relaxation