An Introduction to Memory Training
Memory training can make all the difference for people who are experiencing memory problems or people that just think that they are. We tend to think that the ability to remember things is a completely fixed ability, and it just isn’t. We all know what it’s like to stay up so late that you have a hard time remembering things. A lot of us are terrified of losing our memory as we get older. I know that I am, and I know that I was excited when I heard about memory training.
I figured that I would at least be able to counteract some of the age-related memory decline if I tried memory-training exercises. It’s worked pretty well so far. I’m still relatively young, but I’ve been noticing that people around me are already starting to lose their memories just a little bit. They’ll forget where they put things or they’ll forget the names of things. It’s always hard to say how much of that is memory loss and how much of that is distraction, but I’ve found that memory training exercises can usually help with both.
There are a lot of memory games that you can play online, which can actually be a lot of fun. They can be as fun as smartphone games, except that unlike them, a lot of these are actually good for your brain. They’ll ask you to do things like remember pairs of names and faces, and you’ll have to remember long series of numbers. At the end of these exercises, you may be able to impress people with your ability to memorize the digits of pi, which is a bonus.
However, some of memory training really involves developing better memory habits in general. You can learn how to commit certain things to memory much better. Some of these tactics will involve visualization. It’s much easier to remember certain chunks of information if you can connect them to some evocative image. It’s also a good idea to learn how to group information together. A lot of the people who seem to be able to hold onto shocking amounts of information don’t actually have anything close to photographic memories. They’re just really good at categorizing a lot of information. It’s like they’ve created filing cabinets in their brains for certain types of information, which will really come in handy. It’s all a matter of creating those proverbial filing cabinets in the first place.
Of course, when you have something you really need to remember, sometimes all you can do is try to repeat it over and over again. The more anything is repeated, the more easily you’re going to remember it. College students will read and reread certain key passages from their books or from their notes in order to succeed on tests. Those same skills can help them later during adulthood. In fact, one of the reasons that adults tend to lose those abilities is that they don’t use them.
People tend to attribute the decline of memory that people experience during their adult years to aging alone, even though it can happen to people when they’re relatively young. The thing is, adults are typically out of school, and they’re going to be working jobs that won’t tend to challenge them. Even adults who work in relatively intellectual fields, like education or medicine, are typically going to stay within certain comfort zones when it comes to information. When they were students, they were absorbing new information all the time and being tested on that information all the time. A lot of studying is really just basic memory training. Adults can keep it going, and they’ll be able to keep their youthful memories.