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Use your voice to help you remember. I used to have trouble remembering if I took my pills or turned off a certain appliance in my home. Now I say it out-loud, "It's Monday morning, and I have taken my pills." or, "I am turning OFF the oven (or iron, or whatever appliance)." It may seem a little silly, but when I'm 15 miles down the road, I don't have to turn around and go back home to check on something, because I remember telling myself that I turned off the iron. Try it; it really works!
By skeesics56 from Northwest, OH
Yours is a great tip, it sounds ( no pun intended) that you're an auditory learner. Back in the 70's, science narrowed us all down to three basic sorts of learners. One is auditory, sound. People who learn and remember best this way like to listen to tapes, lectures ( and yes, even the sound of your own voice as reminders!) Another is tactile: these are the people who remember and learn best by touching, moving and doing. If you throw the instruction sheets off to the side and work best just assembling something on your own, you're a tactile. The last one are the visual learners. Showing them pictures, slides, films or diagrams gets the best results.
For me, repeating something out loud wouldn't work. Think I'm a mixture of a tactile and visual. Have always written out a to-do list, and that's a combo of doing and seeing the words. Great tip, though, got me thinking of other ways for better reminders in my "learner" type.
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As soon as I remember I'll need to take something with me I'll either put it in the car right then, lay it on top of my purse (which I never leave home without), or put it in my purse. It works for me!
I have a tip for trying to remember things. After being downsized like so many of us these days, I went back to school to retrain for a different job. I found that if I re-type something I really needed to remember, it not only honed my keyboarding skills, but helped me to remember what I read. Once I typed it out word for word, it was sort of engraved in my memory! Works great for me. I hope other can get some good out of it!
By Su from Sandusky, OH
When studying, I do something very similar. But rather than typing the info verbatim, I summarize and paraphrase it. (Basically, I act as if I were an editor assigned the task of condensing the book.) I think this is even more effective than typing it verbatim, because you're putting the material in your own words.
My sister taught me this trick to help you remember something you have to do before you leave the house. Just put a post it note or magnet on the door you use to leave and it will remind you that you have to do something. It's great when we are filling up the pool or need to turn on the slow cooker.
If you're anything like me, my memory fails me quite often. On a rainy day I choose to drive with my headlights on but often forget to turn them off. On older model cars you do not get a reminder bell, so I simply turn the lights on and immediately lock my driver's door. When I go to get out of my car and realize the door is locked, it sparks my memory to turn the lights off. Sounds crazy, but it works!
So you don't "forget" that important item from work that you want to take home, put your car keys in it or on it. You won't forget the item. I have used this many times from books loaned to me, to a gallon of milk.
By Vicki from Casa Grande, AZ
When you need to remember something, write it down. The act of writing triggers a different part of the brain than the part that hears, making you twice as likely to remember. (even if you lose the note).
If I am taking food to work or home from a party I put my car keys in the fridge with it. I never get far without it! By Linda
In order to remember all the things I need to bring to work, I always place them in a bag the night before and hang the bag on the door knob!
My wife used rubberbands to jog her memory. Somedays she will come home from work with 4 rubberbands on her wrist. Each rubberband represents something she wanted to do when she got home.
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I need to recall math formulas for tests and have spent way too much time studying. As soon as I memorize one, I forget the next or mix them up. Any suggestions?
Holly from Richardson, TX
Information sticks better when it goes in via all modalities - i.e. - WRITING (copying, etc.) physical modality LISTENING ( hearing, repeating out loud) and
VISUAL (seeing - as in having flash cards, reading over material)
Each of us has a way we learn best. Focus on which of these modalities really works for you, but don't forget to reinforce the learning from other angles, as well - to really make the material STICK. I would also recommend study aids, like flash cards, etc. to carry around with you during the day to look at - and/or listening to a tape recorder if you have to drive. They will increase your study time. You also have to watch the point where you just can't absorb any more and are wasting your time. After that, it's more efficient to switch to something else, and come back to the difficult subject later. Make your study time pleasant. I got through high school algebra listening to classical music on the radio and records! And in college I drank a lot of hot tea in my dorm room.
I read something about people who have incredible memories and have won contests for how many things they can remember - like the numeric value of pi up to 10,000 numbers. The article said that people who can memorize huge amounts of information take advantage of how your brain stores data and rather than just using the traditional "rote" memorization, they add other things to the item they memorize to help retain the memory. They suggested that if you pair a concept with a visual picture and even a geographical connection you remember it better. The example they gave had to do with remembering names. They suggested that to remember names - visualize the person, and even if you don't know where they are from make up a "story" about that person and either picture a place they are from that maybe rhymes with their name or even picture them in a distinct place - the room / location you met them in, or a made up place (roller rink, on a cloud, etc.-- something out there). You can even visualize a map to their house / town /etc. By pairing their name with an unrelated item particularly visuals and geography, you're more likely to remember it.