In just a few moments you will be using your memory to remember a list of 10 items.
And that’s just the start!
We all use our memories all the while, some more than others. If you are a magician or even a student reading this then you probably need to remember an immense amount of information, but most people need to remember shopping lists. But just maybe you are more interested in winning the local pub quiz, or beating the pub quiz machine into submission so that it makes some serious payouts … or perhaps you want to be the next winner of ‘who wants to be a millionaire?’ Or amaze people with your superhuman abilities. Then again, you might have recently taken part in a national memory ‘battle of the sexes’ game on tv and realized that you weren’t quite as sharp as you were. Not only that, but it has been shown that for those who are elderly, daily mind gymnastics which include the sort of thing memory requires, keep senility and Alzheimer syndrome at bay. Whatever your reasons, learning to learn is fun, productive and anyone can do it!
Even if you have dyslexia!
If you have dyslexia or know someone who does, creating a dynamic way of memorizing information is very useful. In fact, I have found that for people with dyslexia they have an advantage over most people – its true!
They have a very powerful VISUAL memory, which is often untapped. They are led to believe that they have a very poor memory. The reason for this is that they are told to learn things from a printed page whilst at school, and much of their energy goes into trying to decipher the text. However, deciphering the text is only one small part of learning. And so in this course, you will learn techniques which can be taught to anyone with what some people call learning difficulties, and they will be astounded at the power in their own mind! In just 5 minutes I have taught people who are dyslexic the basic memory system for 10 items and proved once and for all that, they are just as clever as everyone else. And the result is such a boost in confidence they go on to much greater things.
How do I know?
Because I have the numerical form of dyslexia, dyscalculia. I thought I was stupid – I learned that I just had never been taught how to remember visually!
Your amazing brain!
Your brain controls every aspect of your being – it processes all those senses that you have. An eye, for example, receives light but without the brain to process the information, it will do you no good at all.
You have subconscious processes that go on without you knowing about it, for example breathing. Could you imagine getting up first thing in the morning and needing to remind yourself to breathe?
And you have conscious processes, like walking and talking, and thinking! Memory falls into a strange place because some of it is subconscious, and some of it is conscious.
FACT: did you now that that the brain is made up of chemical and electrical signals which are transmitted and received by something called Neurons? There are more Neurological connectors in the brain than people living on earth!
So lets take a look at how all these connectors work – they are a bit like pathways really, but it’s important to know roughly how they work so that you will be able to make the best use of any memory tricks you learn. The pathways in the brain can be best thought of as being like a small stream that is made in soft sand by a trickle of water. At first the stream is small, you can disturb the path of the stream very easily.
However, after a period of time, the stream creates a more permanent path down which more water can flow without being disturbed until finally there is a river - solid and unswerving.
In the same ways when a memory is first formed it can be easily lost. However, if the memory is recalled a surprisingly few numbers of times, then it is retained and cannot be disturbed.
Most people believe that when they remember something once they will remember it for a long time. This is unfortunately untrue. The other error that is made is that if you remember something now you will easily forget it. Again, untrue.
IF YOU USE THE RIGHT TECHNIQUES, BY THE END OF THIS SHORT COURSE NOT ONLY WILL YOU HAVE ACQUIRED THE SKILLS TO USE YOUR MEMORY IN THE SHORT TERM, BUT ALSO IN THE LONG TERM!
Let’s get your brain warmed up first though, and prove that you have one!
First, I would like you to find a quiet place and close your eyes, and remember a time in your past that you were really happy – happy memories are easier to recall than sad ones. Where were you, what were the smells? You now need to ‘GO INTO’ that picture – by that I mean start to imagine walking around it. Give yourself time. What you are looking for is how intensely you are able to recall everything about that scene. If you are having difficulties then choose another scene.
This will I hope show you that you have a very powerful memory for images, and to release the power of your memory you need to start to get image generation into your head! To create powerful images, tests have shown that the easiest memories to recall involve humor, larger than life, color, smell, taste, sound, touch. So if at any point in this course you are having problems memorizing something just add another layer of power image maker and you will be able to recall it. I call these MEMORY POWER BOOSTERS
The second tip I am going to give you is DO NOT LEARN ANYTHING BY ROTE –that is saying the same thing over and over. That is an old way of learning and will not help you. In the same way, don’t worry that if you don’t repeat what you have already learned then you will forget it – you won’t. Not for short periods anyway, and I will show you how to create a long-term memory towards the end of the course.
So where do memory tricks come from? Back in the mists of time, the Greeks would hold competitions with one another – the person who could remember the most would win. To do this they would remember their information by imagining it in certain places around a room or the city/town in which they lived. We will use this technique later. I will start by explaining pegging.
Pegging is like taking a coat and hanging it on a recognizable ‘peg’ which is already in your memory – that peg itself has a way of remembering it. Don’t worry, it’s not hard, and although at first, you think that you are learning more than originally, you need only need learn each system once for it to be used over and over again.
Reputedly, pegging first came about when a doctor was involved in a disaster at sea. He was in the dining room at the time as were many of the passengers with whom he was acquainted, some 100 or so. The ships documents were lost and it was important to find out just who was missing, so the doctor set about remembering, and in the process made a remarkable discovery. Although he was unable to remember all the names at once, he could remember the tables in the dining room, and he could remember the faces of the people who sat around each table night after night. And these people he knew the names of!
He was able to remember all the names of the passengers and identify who was missing. What had happened was not that he had found a way of creating memories – our earlier exercise of a past experience should I hope have shown you that you have a powerful memory already. He had, in fact, stumbled on the crucial element which is ACCESSING those memories – and that requires order.
Imagine two filing systems. The one is what many of us do - a pile in a cupboard some place which is a mixture of bills and letters, documents, and junk mail. The other is a neat filing cabinet organized carefully into bills, letter documents, junk -each file in date order. One day you urgently need a dated bill to prove that the gas supplier owes you a rebate. Which do you think will be the easiest place to find the bill? All it took was a little effort to create a filing system but it saved hours of hunting. And the same goes for memory – if you do not create a way of easily accessing the particular memory it will become lost with all the other memories that you have, perhaps irretrievably.
This is one of the major blocks to people starting to memorize information, they are put off by the fact that firstly they have to set up their mental filing system. Where as if they were to take the time and trouble they would realize that they could recall huge amounts of information.
Although all memory systems rely on pegging, there are a number of systems I will be telling you about:
I will also give you some tips on how to get short-term memory into long-term memory. The remainder of this course will deal with specific ideas about memorizing the important things of life such as telephone numbers, addresses, dates of history, text contents (for example studying or learning a piece of drama or a story) directions and where you left the car keys!