How to improve your memory

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Are you the type who always forgets stuff? Can you remember the chemical formulas ontaining 1-methylethylidene? How about the date when you first had sex? Of course not. That’s because memory is selective; we usually remember certain things more easily because they’re important to us. But we all have the potential to remember anything we want; it’s just a matter of exercising the brain adequately. Read on to learn how you canĀ improve your memory.

the problem

Instead of launching into a psychological dissertation on the intricacies of short-term memory and long-term memory, let’s just agree that certain important things slip our minds.

For example, everyone — except maybe your chemistry teacher — will forgive you for not remembering the composition of certain chemical formulas. However, you could get into a heap of trouble for forgetting your girlfriend’s name, especially when snuggling in bed. Here are a few things you should make an effort to remember:

  • Names
  • Phone numbers
  • Faces
  • Tasks
  • Appointments
  • Birthdays
  • Conversations
  • The truth (or lies)

For the most part, not recalling these things is a matter of not paying enough attention. As my girlfriend always says, “If you really cared, you wouldn’t forget.” Put some effort into it next time and see how much more you can remember. Also, determine whether you have an audio memory or a visual memory. Once you resolve this question, you’ll be in a better position to learn how to improve it.

the solution

Here are some concrete tips you can follow to develop your ability to remember pertinent information. Continue reading

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