Yesterday I wrote how important it is to group similar things into categories when you are making a list which you want to remember. My memory improvement tip for today is: search for patterns in the things, which you want to remember. This tip is very similar to yesterday’s one, but it can also applied to learning numbers, passwords, places, names and not only lists.
I am pretty sure that you have tried the technique with numbers, even though you might not have known about it. Our minds need patterns because they make it easier for brains to find solutions to problems. I remember how easy it was for me to remember a code to one of my acquaintances house (a multi store house). The number was 4471. I guess you see what pattern we can find here: 4+4=8 and 7+1= 8. You should do the same stuff with longer sequence of numbers. If you make your brain work in that way every time you have to solve some sort of a puzzle your memory functioning will tremendously improve.
The same could be said about remembering places. Try to see if there are any similar houses by the place you want to remember. Maybe the houses are grouped in a special way (square, in a row, according to size and etc.). Your memory will record those image patterns and help you to recognize the exact place to get to when you visit it again. Some people say that they are very bad in spatial orientation, but this is only due to the fact that they do not know how to work with their memories and build mnemonic patterns that would help them to remember things.
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Categorize and remember