In our fast paced society, we are constantly inundated with new information and we need to have a better memory to recall it all. Students need a better memory for studying and taking exams. Most people need a better memory to be good at their job, and we all could use better memories to recall important new ideas.
However, most people have trouble remembering new ideas and facts. Memory deficiencies often arise as we grow older, but there are other factors that can affect our memories, such as depression, stress, fatigue, and concentration problems. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to augment your memory using easy mnemonic techniques and hypnotherapy and memory enhancement. Mnemonic devices are useful memory retention techniques. They come in the forms of words, pictures, or other associations that help you link concepts and information to each other.
Acronyms are a popular mnemonic device formed using the initial letters of words or parts of words in a phrase or name. For example, let's say you need to remember a list of cheese, ham, eggs, soap, and salsa. You could come up with the acronym "CHESS" for cheese, ham, eggs, soap, and salsa.
The acronym and the effort you put into creating it help you remember the list. Acrostic sentences are much like acronyms. Acrostic sentences are useful for memorizing ordered lists or sequences of events. In an acrostic, you use the first letters, syllables, or words of a sentence to recall another message. One acrostic taught to students is "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" to help them recall the order of operations in mathematics (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction).
Another famous mnemonic device is known as the "Method of Loci." The Method of Loci was used in ancient times to memorize speeches. In this method, you link information to visual cues along a path. First, you think of a physical route you know well, such as the commute to work or a walk through your house. Envision yourself traveling along this route, and identify distinct landmarks that you pass by. Each landmark will correspond to something you wish to remember.
Once you have your path and landmarks, you mentally associate a piece of information with each landmark. Another memorization technique is the "chunking" method of memorization. This method is helpful in memorizing a series of numbers, such as phone numbers and social security numbers. For example, you probably remember your social security number as a set of three, two and four digit numbers, or three sets of three digits. Using the chunking technique, you break up a sizeable amount of information into "chunks" that are much easier to manage and memorize. Additionally, you can put information into categories to help you recall more complicated things.
Now that you have learned these memorization techniques, you can utilize them when you are attempting to recall information. To successfully form a memory, concentrate on what you need to memorize, taking 5 - 8 seconds to process the information. Eliminate distractions from your surroundings that divert your attention from what you need to memorize. Write down the information, read it aloud to yourself, and try to engage all of your senses when you are learning new information.
If you can experience or associate the information with all of your senses, you will remember it better. Stress can impair your ability to focus and remember information, so you must remain calm! To cope with stress, you may be interested in using hypnotherapy to improve concentration, memory and recall abilities. Although memorization tricks are helpful, stress and lack of concentration are the key reasons why people suffer from memory problems and can hamper your success using the techniques. If stress and concentration problems are the cause of your memory troubles, you can use hypnotherapy to improve memory and recall abilities significantly. Your memory will be greatly improved by combining memorization tricks with hypnotherapy and memory improvement techniques. Self-hypnosis memory improvement techniques will help you de-stress and focus on information.
Self-hypnosis and memory techniques help enhance your short-term memory by increasing your awareness, so you won't forget things such as where you left your wallet or keys. Self-hypnosis and memory enhancement will also help you cope with anxieties that interfere with your ability to remember things, such as anxiousness before an exam or a presentation at work. Many students experience test anxiety, but this can be overcome by hypnosis therapy. Similarly, many people "freeze" and forget information during public addresses, a problem that can also be overcome by self hypnosis memory improvement. Hypnotherapy is the best way for people to commit information to memory because it helps you relax and increases the ability to concentrate. You can let hypnotherapy and your memory work together to end your memory problems.
Someday, hypnotherapy and memory may become inseparable as people learn how hypnotherapy can make their lives better.
Alan B. Densky, CH has specialized in the practice of hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming since 1978. He offers NLP CD's for memory and recall enhancement. Visit his Neuro-VISION Hypnotherapy site for free resources & MP3 downloads, and his Video Hypnosis Blog for tips & tricks.