Tried and true tips for improving your memory...

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    Nov 13, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    ...Anybody got any? icon_neutral.gif

    Also, can we please refrain from posting any "I forget" responses? Thanks!
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    I am fucking tracking this. And I'll remember to bump it incessantly too!

    But to the OP, I think we need to clarify what kind of memory. Absent-mindedness, names, schedules and events, details in studies? I have only managed to reduce my absent-mindedness and keep on top my my schedule.
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    First, if you are truly interested...do some brain research....its cool...

    Write it down...the motor memory helps..even if you don't keep it...you can picture it...

    Association...remember a phrase...or something that goes with it...

    Phone numbers, instead of remembering 9 different digits...chunk them...and think of them as 3 numbers...for 343 - 343- 5523 think of the number as three hundred forty three....etc...the brain works in chunks...

    Remember you determine what is important...so your brain forgets what it determines not important...so, adding significance, by taking some extra action will help...

    These help...me and help students I have...
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    Nov 13, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    Oh yes. I do have one tried and true tip. I'm going to sound like a telemarketer, but Lumosity really helps a BUNCH. It has a myriad of mind-sharpening exercises for speed, flexbility, memory etc. All of them are extremely effective and they are actually fun!

    It costs money, but it isn't that much. For a cheapskate like me, I just keep using different email accounts to get the free trials icon_lol.gif Let me know if you try it, I'm pretty sure it helps! If you don't get lazy and stop after a few days, that is.
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    Nov 13, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    Playing saduko. Keeps the brain active. I most admit though, brain cells aren't what they use to be once you get into your mid 40s...
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    Nov 13, 2011 3:51 PM GMT
    TriAthInCA saidPlaying saduko. Keeps the brain active. I most admit though, brain cells aren't what they use to be once you get into your mid 40s...


    Mid 40s? That early? Damn, I'd better stop being lazy now icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
    I just came back from vacation. I met a ton of guys. I had such a hard time remembering names. People would talk to me over the course of days and know my name and I didnt know theirs. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
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    TriAthInCA saidPlaying saduko. Keeps the brain active. I most admit though, brain cells aren't what they use to be once you get into your mid 40s...


    Mid 40s? That early? Damn, I'd better stop being lazy now icon_confused.gif


    You're worried about memory at 18!!! Good god I feel old.icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI just came back from vacation. I met a ton of guys. I had such a hard time remembering names. People would talk to me over the course of days and know my name and I didnt know theirs. icon_sad.gif

    I hear you Detroitfan824....
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    TriAthInCA said
    Dallasfan824 saidI just came back from vacation. I met a ton of guys. I had such a hard time remembering names. People would talk to me over the course of days and know my name and I didnt know theirs. icon_sad.gif

    I hear you Detroitfan824....



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    Nov 13, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI just came back from vacation. I met a ton of guys. I had such a hard time remembering names. People would talk to me over the course of days and know my name and I didnt know theirs. icon_sad.gif



    Woot , lucky !

    .. yeah i got memory problem ... especially .. sometimes its hard to remember some shit in studying .. and forget really quickly .. some ppl told me it might be cuz too much masturbating :C .. hope not !
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    Cairo_M said
    Dallasfan824 saidI just came back from vacation. I met a ton of guys. I had such a hard time remembering names. People would talk to me over the course of days and know my name and I didnt know theirs. icon_sad.gif



    Woot , lucky !

    .. yeah i got memory problem ... especially .. sometimes its hard to remember some shit in studying .. and forget really quickly .. some ppl told me it might be cuz too much masturbating :C .. hope not !


    That does not affect your memory.. It just gives you hairy palms and possible blindness....icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 13, 2011 5:09 PM GMT


    Check out lumosity.com

    I play around on there when I have downtime and it is pretty good. Kind of ironic that there is a website dedicated to improving cognitive function when it is now accepted fact that the internet is killing our cognitive functions.
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    Nov 13, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    Do not do masturbation.

    Dont have too much sex otherwise you are going to lose your memory.
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    Nov 13, 2011 6:31 PM GMT
    From what I have read, if helps to learn a new language. If you practice a new language everyday 30 mins before going to bed it has shown to really improve memory over time.
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    Nov 13, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    Remembering things is a matter of practice and habit.

    How many times have you been introduced to several people and then couldn't remember anyone's names just two minutes later? How many times have you heard a phone number and then couldn't remember it when you went to dial it.

    I used to be so bad about both of these things, but I realized it's simply a matter of paying closer attention and making it a priority to remember. We forget names because we're not prepared to remember the names.

    But what if you knew someone would hand you $100 if you could name the five people you were just introduced to five minutes ago? What if it was $1000 for naming ten people you were introduced to? Do you think you'd make the effort to remember those names? Hell yes! But we don't do this mental diligence because we don't think there's any consequence to not remembering.

    Whenever I have to remember a phone number, I visualize it. I picture my finger going over the buttons on the keypad of the phone. Over and over until I'm sure I've got it. Having done this for about 20 years now, it's second nature. I never have to write down phone numbers. In fact, I can still tell you phone numbers I dialed 15 or 20 years ago and haven't dialed since then.

    I told this to a friend of mine not long ago and he tried to call B.S. on it. I told him his phone number at the apartment he lived in from 1992-1994 was 330-1416. He was stunned. He didn't even remember it himself until I said so.
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    Nov 13, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    Mnemonic devices.

    Although a few of us evolutionary blessed ones out here have photographic memories; you jelly? icon_cool.gif ;]
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    Nov 13, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    I have ADHD and have never had memorization skills that made it easy. Memory takes practice, like building muscles. You have to keep doing it.

    For me, remembering where I parked my car isn't automatic. I have to stop, look at landmarks around me, then it isn't a problem.

    Don't ask me to line dance. I tried to forge a relationship with a guy who was gifted and a bit obsessed. I don't think of it as muscle memory. I have to work at visualizing myself doing the motions...that and develop my calf muscles.

    A close friend of mine was laying out complex cellphone circuit board designs, one of the best in her field at the age of 64. On weekends, she would sit in her hot tub alone playing those handheld video games and go out in the evenings and gamble.

    Video gaming develops two main skills: dexterity and memory.

    Just assume that on a Friday night, every one else is out getting laid.

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    Nov 13, 2011 8:04 PM GMT
    _SAGE_ saidMnemonic devices.

    Although a few of us out there have photographic memories; you jelly? icon_cool.gif ;]

    I think we all have photographic memory. Some of us don't have film.
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    Nov 13, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    And another thing. Now that I remember.

    With my memorization handicap, I have to pursue the understanding of how something works. It has turned into a strength on my career path.

    I am surrounded by people who don't exert that effort. The kind who memorize the software instructions but don't understand how it works. Then, they find out the book was wrong or it changed a few months back.

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    Nov 14, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    Cairo_M said
    Dallasfan824 saidI just came back from vacation. I met a ton of guys. I had such a hard time remembering names. People would talk to me over the course of days and know my name and I didnt know theirs. icon_sad.gif



    Woot , lucky !

    .. yeah i got memory problem ... especially .. sometimes its hard to remember some shit in studying .. and forget really quickly .. some ppl told me it might be cuz too much masturbating :C .. hope not !


    Aha! Here's where the expertise of an Asian student comes in. But honestly, I find that writing down the things you're supposed to memorise - without reference to the notes!!! - is extremely effective. And you gotta read through the notes everyonce in a while to refresh your memory, even if it's just a cursory glance. Definitely not the masturbating or I'd be flunking my exams!
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    Nov 14, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers/AN00478
    Vitamin B-12 helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells. A vitamin B-12 deficiency — most common in older adults and vegetarians — can cause various signs and symptoms, including memory loss. In such cases, vitamin B-12 supplements can help improve memory.

    For natural memory improvement, try a proper amount of sleep which gives the brain the opportunity to sort and store. For students, especially, sleeping before an exam will be more beneficial (assuming you've already done your work) than cramming all night and taking your exam without sleep.
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    Nov 14, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    TheChrisGuy saidI am fucking tracking this. And I'll remember to bump it incessantly too!

    Awww, you're the best Chris. icon_biggrin.gif

    *bump*
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    Nov 15, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
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    TheChrisGuy saidI am fucking tracking this. And I'll remember to bump it incessantly too!

    Awww, you're the best Chris. icon_biggrin.gif

    *bump*


    Aww, you just replied to that to bump the thread! BITCH. (but I'm bumping this too)
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    Nov 15, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
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    pm_83 said
    TheChrisGuy saidI am fucking tracking this. And I'll remember to bump it incessantly too!

    Awww, you're the best Chris. icon_biggrin.gif

    *bump*


    Aww, you just replied to that to bump the thread! BITCH. (but I'm bumping this too)

    You know it's just gonna keep happening now, right? icon_wink.gif

    Come on people... surely EVERYone has a technique they use to remember stuff. Where's the love?? icon_sad.gif