Many of us need to memorize lists of words – whether they’re names, speeches, or languages. But what’s the best way to do so?
In this episode, I teach why you remember things and a simple technique to help you memorize lists. Listen in, as I explain why we remember things and show you my simple technique to help you memorize lists, speeches, names, and much more.
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When I repeat lists of hundreds of words, I don’t do it to impress you, but to express to you what’s really possible. There is no such thing as a good or bad memory — just a trained memory or an untrained memory.
A graduate student asked how to memorize lists of words in our private Facebook group. But it’s not just students who have to memorize words. If you need to remember a speech, names, a script, or another language, you need to remember words too.
Can you memorize these 10 words? Don’t write them down!
Write it down: how many did you remember in order?
Bonus Tip: Train under the conditions you want to perform in!
What you didn’t remember didn’t have those qualities.
Now, how can you apply this technique to technical information? Let’s imagine that you’re in high school and need to memorize the periodic table for chemistry class.
You have one link in a chain (hydrant) and a second link (balloon). Now, you must tie them together using action and exaggeration…so maybe the balloon lifts the fire hydrant into the air. It doesn’t have to be exact. Your picture only needs to be a trigger that reminds you of the true information. Once you know the true information, the pictures disappear.