Are you a person who’s difficult to recall what you learned from your past?
Are you sometimes troubled remembering the correct words to use in conversation?
It is really disappointing if you cannot remember things you used to learn before.
But, you do not need to be disappointed because it is normal that our long term memory is limited.
Usually, it only stores the information that is considered “Essential to survive”
Do you have any Memory problems?
As a matter of fact, there is a way where we can strengthen our long term memory
and easily remember past memories by doing a simple “review method”.
Based on some research, a good long term memory is based on we try to enhance it while we are young.
It means that the younger you tried to do proper “review” method,
the stronger your long term memory you will be as you become an adult.
So, how to do a correct “review” method? And if you have young children,
do you know that there is a way to train them to have a good long term memory while they are still below 6 years of age?
What is a Long Term memory?
Before we talk how to improve your memory, let’s try to learn few things about memory first.
Human memory has “short term memory” and “long term memory”.
Short-term memory is like a temporary storage place for new information.
Oppositely, long term memory is a storage of information for a long period of time.
Short-term memory is forgotten as soon as time passes or new information comes in.
On the other hand, long-term memory is used when the brain memorizes information seriously.
It is, so to speak, a hard disk of the brain.
Since the capacity of long-term memory is limited, the brain sorts and only the information judged as “necessary” is sent to the cerebral cortex and stored for a long time.
It is the place called “hippocampus” of the brain that is responsible for this sorting work.
What criteria does hippocampus select for information? It is “whether it will be useful for the survival of life”. Hippocampus selects only information judged as “necessary to survive” and sends it to long-term memory.
When are the common memory problems
that may affect your career and work?
As a person age and our brain having its set limitation, you might think that forgetting things from time to time is common.
But, when can we say that forgetfulness is still normal? How you know that this memory lapses are acceptable?
Here we gather some of the common memory problems in adults.
- This is a usual type of forgetting and common in people who do not pay close attention on something.
Let’s say they may be physically present, but mentally absent.
Some person might forget where did they put the pen because he was thinking of something else while handling the pen. Absentmindedness also involves forgetting to do something at a prescribed time, like taking medicine or keeping an appointment.
2. Information Overload
- Forgetfulness happens when too much information was given a time.
This is a common problem when we do much of multitasking but our brain simply cannot get along with trying to do many things at once. This result in forgetting one thing because the brain wasn’t able to process the most important thing to remember.
3. Blocking Memory
- This refers to the experience in which the answer is right on the tip of your tongue — but you just can’t think of it. This tip-of-the-tongue experience maybe the most common example of blocking or temporarily cannot retrieve memory.
Blocking doesn’t occur because you aren’t paying attention or because the memory has faded away.
On the contrary, blocking occurs when a memory is properly stored in your brain, but something is keeping you from retrieving it.
- Right memory, wrong source — that’s one example of misattribution.
Misattribution occurs when a person remembers something accurately in part, but misattributed memory like some detail,
like the time, place, or person involved.
Another kind of misattribution occurs when someone believes a thought she had was totally original when, in fact,
it came from something she had previously read or heard but had forgotten about.
This sort of misattribution explains cases of unintentional plagiarism, in which a writer presents some information as original when he or she actually read it somewhere before.
Does this memory problem affect your everyday life?
Have you had any bad experience such as losing some business opportunity because of your forgetfulness?
Or nearly lost some clients because you forget a scheduled meeting or forget a proper words to use in a conversation?
This kind of situation is really troublesome and you may worry and think if you need to seek doctor’s advice.
But, before you ask for medical advice, have you tried to do some memory exercises on you part?
Because it may still be early and you can still do something to enhance and improve your memory.
This kind of situation is really troublesome and may require a further assessment from your doctors. But while it is still early and you can still do something to enhance and improve your memory.
How can you sharpen your memory?
Before you seek any medical advice about your forgetfulness, why not try to do some ways to improve your memory?
We will introduce some methods that can help in making your memory strong and better than before
1. Proper sleep
The truth is that over 95% of adults need between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep every night in order to avoid sleep deprivation. Even skimping on a few hours makes a difference! Memory, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and critical thinking skills are all compromised.
But sleep is critical to learning and memory in an even more fundamental way. Research shows that sleep is necessary for memory consolidation, with the key memory-enhancing activity occurring during the deepest stages of sleep.
2. Review method
Review method or repeating learning, helps our memory unconsciously to memorize. This process helps the brain to remember firmly than before. That is the effect of “review” on study. For example, you learn a new word today. Make sure that you will try to recall the word and its meaning the day after. Reviewing strengthening the memory and keeps it longer in the long term memory part of brain
3. Link information to existing knowledge
An important skill to learn which will improve memory is association. This means linking what you want to remember with something else. Imagine that by associating this memorable object to something else, that you are attaching a tag to it.
4.Create concept maps (brain map)
Brain maps use colour and images, which stimulate your imagination. Imagination is the key secret to improve memory, and the colours, images and symbols will certainly get your imaginative juices going!
Are you worried that your child will have a memory problem in the future?
If you are worry that your child might have the same memory problem like you do.
So, we gathered the ways on how you can practice and strengthen your child’s memory as early as possible.
1. Get the details of a memory
You can ask your child to talk about some activities like- friends birthday party, spelling competition or any school activities.
Then you can ask some questions about these activities such as “how many people there?” “Can you tell the name of person who was in the party?”
2. Have a revision of all the holiday events happened in the family.
You can ask your child if he remembers the last summer vacation you had with family and ask to say detail on the things that he enjoys most.
3. Play memory games.
- Look for memory tricks that can help your child.
- Divide and conquer. – If your child has to memorize a short poem or some lines in a class play,
have him break the task down into parts and work on the toughest sections first.
- Practice, practice, practice. – Offer to quiz your child on her spelling words or multiplication tables.
Try repeating the numbers aloud with her to make them easier to recall.
After testing her on spelling, have her highlight and rewrite the difficult words.
Once your child realizes that memory is an active process, she’ll feel smarter and more confident that she can tackle tricky topics.
What are some samples of best teaching material for kids?
Here are some of the teaching materials that you may use to help your child improve his memory.
1. Animal/Number Flashcards
- You may use number or any kinds of animal flash card. Do a very fast showing and let your child follow. This method is good to improve photographic memory.
2. Spot the difference pictures
- Show two different kinds of pictures. One original and other has difference. By using this, the child will practice recall and tell how the first picture differs from the other one. This is good to build visual and memory of children.
See below picture for 30 seconds.
Tell the difference.
How important is to have a good and sharp memory for you and your child?
Our brain memory has limitation and cannot blame if sometimes there are things that you may forget.
But there are plenty of ways on how we can remember and not easily forget our long term memories especially those that is really important with your life.
A good memory helps as a lot in our life, career and business.
This open a lot of opportunity to grow with life if we have a very strong memory.
If you have children then you can start training your child to build a strong memory while they are still young.