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Improve Your Memory With Brain Science

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16 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. About Brain Science

    • 2. How Good Is Your Memory

    • 3. A little bit about Memory

    • 4. Why Do We Forget

    • 5. Laying the Foundation for Good Memory

    • 6. Drawing

    • 7. Brain Exercises

    • 8. Using Acronyms

    • 9. Using Acrostics

    • 10. Rhyme Keys

    • 11. Method of Loci

    • 12. Keywords

    • 13. Remembering Names and Faces

    • 14. Chaining

    • 15. Mind Mapping

    • 16. Conclusion

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About This Class

Are you forgetful? Do people refer to you as being “absent minded?” When was the last time you didn’t struggle to remember something - even if they’re very important?

If that sounds like you then stay tuned - this course is just what you’ve been looking for!

It transpires that there is not so thing as a “bad” memory. There are merely people who don’t use their memories to the fullest potential.

What would you do if you could double your memory performance starting today? Would you go back to school?  Maybe learn a new language, you might even feel confident enough to change profession and climb the corporate ladder? 

In fact there aren’t any areas of your life that wouldn’t be improved, just by having a better command of your memory.


During the course you’ll be exposed to knowledge about how human memory works and learn an entire range of tried and tested methods all designed to super charge your memory and recall, ensuring the information you wish to retain, stays with you!

This course is very practical and gets to work right away.  

You’ll learn a variety of strategies that each suit a different memory scenario.  They're all very easy to learn and incredibly rewarding to master.  Best of all you’ll be able to track your progress along the way.

As with all of my courses. you’ll have a lifetime access and full support seven days a week  You’ll also receive a personalised certificate on completion from my own training academy her win london.

Can you really afford to keep struggling to remember while others pass you by?  Sign up now for this life changing course before you forget! 

As well as eight different quizzes, the course syllabus includes:

About Brain Science

How Good is Your Memory

A Little Bit About Memory

Why Do We Forget

Laying The Foundation for Good Memory

Drawing for Better Memory

Brain Exercises 

Using Acronyms

Using Acrostics

Rhyme Keys

Method of Loci


Remembering Names and Faces


Mind Mapping


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Libby Seery

World Renown Self Development Expert


LIBBY SEERY - Founder of Renaissance Life Therapies

Online Counselling and Psychotherapy: Specialist in the Therapeutic Use of Technology (BACP Endorsed)

I am a Psychotherapist, Counsellor, and Therapeutic Life Coach.

I run a very successful practice in Harley Street, London which is recognised the world over as a centre of medical excellence.

I am a highly trained specialist with a wealth of experience, working with people from all walks of life; including referrals from charities I'm involved in, to very high profile clients from all over the world.

I am also the founder of Renaissance Life Therapies Training Academy, offering a number of courses in counselling, CBT and life coaching.

As well as my client work, I have had a number of works pu... See full profile

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1. About Brain Science: are you forgetful? Two people refer to you as being absent minded. When was the last time you didn't struggle to remember something? Even if that something's very important. If that sounds like you stay tuned, this course is just what you've been looking for. It transpires that there is no such thing as a bad memory, merely people who don't use their memories to their fullest potential. What would you do if you could double your memory performance starting today? Would you get back to school, maybe learn a new language? You might even feel confidence enough to change profession and climb the corporate ladder. In fact, there aren't any areas of your life that wouldn't be improved just by having a better command of your memory. During the course, you'll be exposed to knowledge about how human memory works and learn an entire range off tried and tested methods or designed to supercharge your memory and recall insuring the information you wish to retain stays with you. The course is very practical and gets to work right away. You'll learn a variety of strategies that each suit a different memory scenario, but they're all very easy to learn and incredibly rewarding to master. Best of all, you'll be able to track your progress along the way. As with all of my courses, you'll have a lifetime access on DFO full support seven days a week. You'll also receive a personalized certificate on completion from my own training academy here in London. Ask yourself, Can you really afford to keep struggling to remember while others passed you by? Sign up now for this life changing course before you forget. 2. How Good Is Your Memory: Let's start this lecture by trying toe. Answer the following questions. Name all the pallets in order, starting with the first planet from the sun. Could you do it from memory? If so, that's pretty amazing. Although most of us know all the planets names from school. If you don't actively work to keep that information fresh and relevant, you could find it difficult to recall it. You may have remembered some all had, um, in the role order. Now, I'd like you to memorize the following sentence before we move on with the course. Now pay particular attention because you're going to have to answer a question about it at the end of the course. So this is the sentence that I'd like you to memorize. It goes as follows. My very educated mother just served us new go. Okay, I'm now going to ask you a few questions about how memory from a set of questions created by Jane Royal and Medina Lincoln. For each of these questions, you have to ask yourself how often something happens to you. No tits down. To keep score, give each question a score off 1 to 5 to indicate how often it happens here is what each number represents. Number one once or less than once in the last month to more than once a month, but less than once a week. Number three about once a week. Number four more than once a week, but not every day and number five once a day or more. Now, Janet worry too much. If you didn't write that down, as there will be a written copy supplied as part of the course resources. So he come the questions. Remember to write down the frequency school for each of them separately. The first question having to check whether you have done something that she should have done. The second question. Forgetting when it waas that something happened. For example, was it yesterday or last week? Third question. Forgetting that you were told something yesterday or a few days ago and maybe having to be reminded about it. Fourth question. Starting to read something, a book or an article newspaper without realizing it. You have already read it before this question, finding that a word is on the tip of your tongue. You know what it is but can't quite find it. The sixth question completely forgetting to do things you said you would do and things you plant to the seventh question. Forgetting important details off what you did or what happened to you the day before the eighth question when talking to someone forgetting what you have just said, maybe saying What was that I was talking about? On the ninth question when reading newspaper or magazine being unable to follow the thread of a story or losing track of what it is about the tents question. Forgetting to tell somebody something important, perhaps forgetting to pass on a message or remind someone of something. 11th question Getting the details of what someone told you mixed up and confused the 12 question. Forgetting where things are normally kept or looking for them in the wrong place. And lastly, question number 13. Repeating to someone what you have just told them or asking someone the same question twice . Okay, now look at all the scores for the different questions. Are they mostly once mostly twos? Do you have poor schools in general? The idea here is not to give you a number as a school, but to think about how often and in what ways your memory fails you on a daily basis. Why do this? See, maybe asking well so that you could have a clear idea of where your memory needs improving and also a good overall idea of your memory performance in general. Oh, yes. Do you still remember that sentence I gave you a few moments ago? If you do, that's great. Here it is again. My very educated mother just served us new go. It should have been a pretty easy sentence to remember. But look at the first letter of every word. They stand for the names off the eight planets Matt Curie, Venus, US, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. This is known as an AK Ristic and we'll be looking at them in more depth a bit later on Now , just by remembering one funny digital sentience, you could do something new. Remember all the planets on and their order in the next lecture will be looking at why we forget things and how we can avoid some of the more common reasons 3. A little bit about Memory: at its most fundamental level, memory is an information store. That's why we talk about competing memory. It's a place that you can store your books, films and even your tax returns so that you can access them again later on. Now, although your flash drive and the memory in your head do the same general job, they work in very different ways. Our memories are not like film or digital media that capture every detail as our senses detect them. Before memories are stalled, they go through a process of encoding. The path from information entering our senses to permanent storage in our brains is an interesting one. We have two kinds of memory, long term and short Sam. The short term memory is the first stop for new information. If the parts of your brain that control memory determining that you don't need memory in the short term stores anymore, it's were let it to go rather than storing it. You forget thousands of unimportant things every day. Actually, it's more accurate to say that you never made the memories in the first place. We know for certain that memory is stored in the brain, and we've identified some of the most important parts of the brain responsible for managing memory, but we still don't know exactly how memories were just bits and pieces of the puzzle. In the past, scientists have described human memory quite a bit like index cards or computer memory, with talk of filing cabinet information sorting methods we know from everyday life today. We know that that's not really how things were. Memory is something that happens throughout the brain. It isn't neatly filed in one particular spot, but different sorts of memories rely mainly on certain parts of the brain. A really cool example comes from research done on London cab drivers. Now, in order to become a cab driver in London, well, at least before GPS came about, you need to memorize vast amounts of information about landmarks, street names and other details. Scientists have shown. That's the part of the brain most strongly associated with long term memory. The hippocampus is positively huge in the brains of London cabbies, compared to the average person. This shows us that how memories are very much a physical thing. The information that we remember are stored in the form of brain cell connection patterns just like a computer rights information to a desk. Or you would write information to paper your brain writes your memories in the form of brain cell patterns. Maybe one day we'll be able to read that information directly, like you can read a CD by pushing it in a player. For now, the specific brain cell language that memories are stored in remains a mystery to us. Still, we have learned a lot from studying memory and do know that certain things can improve or interfere with the storage and the recall of memories. The exercises in this school's take advantage of this knowledge to help you remember things better. We now know that to memory is very associative. But what does this mean? Well, it's means that a new piece of information that is part of a larger collection, off related memories is more likely to stick around in your mind. He is another way thing about memory. Have you ever sat in the lounge and thought I want a soft drink, got up walks to the kitchen and then stood there with no clue why you went to the kitchen in the first place? This is known as the door effect. And scientists have shown that when your brain receives a cue that you have entered a separate space, memories that she formed while in another space may be harder to retrieve. This just shows us another way in which the brain organizes memories, and we're discovering more about this process every day in the next lecture. Well, they're looking at assessing your current to memory abilities to get a better idea of where you stand and where improvement is needed. 4. Why Do We Forget : in this lecture will be looking at why we forget things is for getting a good or a bad thing. And why does it happen at all? Everyone forgets. Some people naturally, are less prone to forgetting than others. But there are no people who are immune to forgetting. The most important thing to realize when we talk about memory is that forgetting is unimportant on necessary process that lets us get on with life without getting booked down with a relevant information. Usually the vast majority of information that gets lost are things that do not affect your life negatively. What weak link off as forgetting is usually when you're unable to recall something you need , which makes you aware of the fact that's the information is missing. So for getting itself is not a bad thing much if it interferes with the normal course of your life, it could be something that you need to work on often when we think that we've gotten something. What actually happened is that we didn't save the information in the first place. For a memory to stick well, it needs to have bean attention grabbing, relevant or interesting to us. Our memory also relies a lot on association. So if you can associate new memories with ones that are already well seated in your mind, those more permanent memories lend this strength to your new ones. They form a sort of family of memories that support one another. Time on disuse are also important factors in whether you will forget something. If you haven't used a particular memory in a very long time, it will fade and in some cases become lost as the brain doesn't think it's important. So simply revising is a good way to refresh your memories. Revising is much less intense than learning something in the first place. You're simply telling your brain that's something you have already learned is, in fact, important and that it should strengthen it. We actually forget most of what we learn within about a week if we do not through highs and repeat it. This is why you should never cram for an exam too close to its date. Even though you may feel like you know the material, you start forgetting it pretty soon after, and if you don't revise and repeat it for quite a while, it won't sit in your long term memory for very long at all. That's when you encounter the dreaded memory blank. When you're sitting for your exam, you know you studied the material, but you just can't remember the content. The bottom line is this. Forgetting is good. Just make sure you make an effort to remember the things that you know are important and your to make sure that your brain knows it's important to. 5. Laying the Foundation for Good Memory: If you want to be good at something, there's more to it than simply starting to practice and going through the motions of training. You're also need to make sure that your mind and body are in good shape. Same is true. If you want to improve a mental faculty such as memory recall, you have to give yourself a general head start. The mind lies within the brain, and the brain is a living organ, just like any other in your body. Although your brain takes up relatively little of your total mass, it is one of the most hungry organs in the body, and keeping it operating well is very important. If you want to think clearly and remember things well in general, whatever is good for your body is good for your mind as well. First of all, it is very important that you get the right amount of sleep. A healthy adult should get 7 to 9 hours every night. Not reaching this quota can be bad for you. Certainly only having four hours of sleep the day before an exam or practical test will do nothing but hurt your memory and your thinking performance. Don't make mistake off thinking you can make up for the lack of sleep by taking something to make you feel more alert. Although stimulants like coffee may make you feel away, it doesn't make your mind work as well as if it were well rested. No matter what, you will need to make time for a good night's rest. These days, you can even use smartphone, APS and wearable devices to track your sleep so that you know if you're getting as much rest as you need, this will not only help improve your memory but make you healthier and happier. In general, we don't actually quite know what sleep does or why we need it. Just that not getting enough of it messes with our brains about as badly as a night of partying with your friends. Your brain also needs to have the right energy sources and building blocks in order to operate properly. A good balance giant is therefore central to a healthy brain and mine. Certain foods and supplements have been linked to improve memory, or it least preventing your memory from getting worse as you age a diet rich in fish and knots, for example, has been linked to reduced rate of developing memory and cognitive issues later on in life . And if you're carrying some extra pounds, you may also want to work towards a healthier weight. Since new studies have found that excess body fat may be directly linked to memory loss and impairment, getting enough exercise is also pretty important for overall physical health. Andi plays an important role in the next very important factor. The last thing you can do in order to improve your memory performance is to learn stress and anxiety management. Being anxious and stressed out is definitely not the best for good memory. Recall sleeping enough eating right and getting enough exercise helps you deal with your stress levels in a better way. 6. Drawing: in this lecture, we're going to be looking at using drawing methods as a way to boost your memory. If there's one thing we've old on those Children, it's to draw pictures. It's one of those strange things we all enjoy drawing. But as we get older, most people seem to lose their taste for it, possibly because the quality of our drawing is criticized more as we get older. Onda, unless you are a serious artists, drawing may be seen as a child's pastime and not necessarily something for adults to enjoy . That's a really pity, because the latest research has shown that drawings things that you want to remember is super effective at helping you remember them compared to when you're simply writing them down. For many decades, psychologists have known that the dual encoding message worked well to boost memory. Basically, this just meant that you also drew what you have written on it. In this way, you encoded same information using two different pathways, visual on and language. Some people have disputed that the drawing itself had anything to do with it, but that the fact it takes longer to draw something than to write it simply meant with spent more time encoding the memory. Recent research has begun to show that it is in fact the visual aspect that is most responsible for the improvement in our memory. Although off course, it is also true. That's the more time you spend paying attention to something, the more likely you are to remember it in the end, what really matters is that this method works when you write things down, you should also take the time to doodle them, get into the habit of doodling in the margins of your study notes. Draw the facts and ideas in order to form the associations between the fax or items you want to memorize, and the image that you're creating There really is a difference between looking at a picture to memorize it and drawing it yourself. By doing this, you combine several pathways in the brain language visual and also motor. Don't worry about how well you draw what it looks like or what people will think This is for you and you alone. You don't even have to use paper. There are many smartphone and tablet apps available that are designed to let you take notes by hand and then doodle right next to them. Paper by software developer 53 is a relevant example. However, you decide to commit to your doodles, it should be your goal to make a habit of it. You can also combine the drawing and doodling method with other memory methods, such as mind mapping or any sort of image association method. All you need to do is to draw the image instead of just imagining it or finding it someplace else. And to top it all off. Memory doodling also improves your focus and problem solving skills. So, as you can see, it really is a win win win situation. You may even find that you enjoy doodling or drawing, and the more you do, the better you'll get. 7. Brain Exercises: In this video, we'll be discussing various exercises to help your brain's memory. Staying tiptop condition Just like the rest of the body. Your memory goes down the train if it is never used. You can't lay about on the couch all day and expect to be athletic and muscle. So why would you think that your memory were being top shape if you never exercise it? Earlier in the course, we talked about laying the foundation for a good memory. Those tips will surely give you the best chance of a developing a great memory, but these exercises will bulk it up. It may seem like a strange thing to some of us, but in order to improve your memory, you need to deliberately work at remembering things and then deliberately try to recall them. You're also need to keep track of how well you're doing, so that you know whether you've improved or not. One simple exercise is to make a list of something perhaps your groceries or people you'd like to invite to a party, in fact, anything at all rights and down on a piece of paper, and then wait about an hour or so. Then see how many of the items on the list you can remember. And to note that score, the more you do this, the better your get at it. The longer the lists that you'll be able to remember and the fewer mistakes or omissions you'll make. It's also very helpful to take up hobbies or start activities that's rely on memory to one extent or another. Becoming proficient at chest, for example, requires that you learn many different moves and openings. Andi are able to recognize enduring play. This is particularly good for long term memory and recall. While you're playing, you'll also need to plan several moves ahead and remember that plan again, right? Chess or any other strategy game is therefore an excellent on a fun way to improve and maintain memory. Really advanced players can memorize the positions of all 64 pieces on the board and play a game without any pieces at all something refer to as blindfold chess. Today, there are even people who complain multiple games blindfolded, with only the memory off their pieces, positions to work with. When you have to do arithmetic, such as adding up groceries in your basket, don't reach for a calculator or piece of paper. Try to do them in your head. Visualize the numbers in the same way you would have written them down. Learning a foreign language or playing an instrument are both accidents. Ways to stay sharp. These activities stimulate your brain with new knowledge over an extended period of time. If you make a habit of always learning something, it will improve. Your memory performs in general. Another fun challenge is to look at a map or other drawing and try to recreate it from memory without looking. Then, at the end of your drawing, take out the original and compare it. You can try this over and over until you can recreate every detail in the original image. Of course, you should remember that we are not suggesting that you should do all or any of thes. You should find mentally stimulating activities that fit with your taste and sense of fun. What matters is that the activity can be done better with better memory. Andi that you can enjoy it 8. Using Acronyms: in this lecture, we're going to be looking at how acronyms can help you remember information more easily. We've all encountered acronyms, FBI, NASA, the man from uncle. You probably hear hits of acronyms every single day in one form or another. An acronym is simply a way to turn a long description or freeze into a single word. By taking the first letter off each word in the phrase So s B. I would be short for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Notice that's the word off is not featured in the acronym. This is common practice. But sometimes if the acronym needs the extra letter to make sense, ah, words like off, maybe included. Sometimes an organization will choose a word first and then try to come up with the words that matches it. A so called back on him When it comes to memory, acronyms are a frontline defence against forgetting a set of related concepts. If you had mathematics in school and most of us have, you'll remember that there is a certain order in which you must do arithmetic calculations . It's likely that you were taught bod, MERS or variant of it. Bottom is sound like a funny little word, but actually it stands for brackets. Orders, divisions Multiplication addition on DSA subtraction. If all you remember is bottlers, you can always figure out the correct order of calculation, even if you have done no maths in years. Luckily, there are already many pre made acronyms for common sets of things that people have trouble remembering. Let's now have a look at some useful examples. News, which stands for north, east, west and south antes are the points of the compass in their order pen, which is Proton, electron and neutron. These are the parts of the atom stab, which is soprano, tenor, alto and bass. The full voices of a quartet, as you can see acronyms, can really help you to remember fairly complex sets of facts in a fairly easy way. The hardest part of working with an acronym is not memorizing them but creating memorable ones in the first place. That's why it's a good idea to first see if someone has come up with a good acronym for what you're trying to learn. For example, in fields like engineering or medicine, there are heaps of pre existing acronyms for all of the toughest memory challenges in those areas. The Internet is your friend, and your first stop should be a search ending to make sure that you're not reinventing the wheel. If you cannot find a pre made acronym for your needs, then sit down and try to come up with a good one. Who knows, perhaps you will come up with the next body is used in schools, colleges and the world over. 9. Using Acrostics: next will be discussing the AC Kristic as a method to remember attacks or even of her own. Earlier in the course, I showed you anachronistic to help you remember the planets. Can you still remember it? The phobe grown. Try to recall the sentence. The sentence Waas. My very educated mother just served us new girl. Did you remember it? If so, then that's great. It just goes to show how effective AC sticks ca NBI And if you didn't remember it this time , it's likely you won't forget it again soon. Now that we've repeated it again. As you may recall, the sentence helps us remember the names and order off the planets. Each words first letter is also the first lesson off a planet's name as long as he knew what the planets are named. And that's mercury is always before Mars. You can easily recall the information whenever you like. This is not the only form anachronistic contained. However, the letters can also form a word, and each letter can be the first lost only of one word but an entire sentence. Let's have a look at this classic polling by Edgar Allan Poe Elizabeth. It is in vain. You say love, not thou Say it it in so sweet away in vain those words from the or Lele zan chippies talents had enforced so well. Ah, if that's language from thy heart, arise, breathe. It's less gently Fourth and Vale Dine Eyes and Damian Recollect. When Luna tried to cure his love was cured of all. Beside, he's fully pride and passion for he died. It is actually titled anachronistic. But if you look at the first letter off every line, you'll realize that it spells the name Elizabeth. The medical profession loves using actress sticks, since doctors are expected to memorize and recall a massive amount of information about the human body. Here are some great examples. Bloods functions oxygen, carbon dioxide, food, he waste hormones, disease, clotting. This is turned into the acroski. Old Charlie Foster hates women having dull cloves. Clearly the single most important aspect of Anak Christie. It is that it should be memorable. So when you create your own actress sticks, try to make it a word or sentence that's memorable. In the case of a sentence, the stranger or more interesting it is, the more likely you are to recall it even years later, 10. Rhyme Keys: in this lecture will be looking at using a special memory technique known as Ryan Keys, to remember lists of things both ordered on and a Nor Did have you ever noticed that it's easy to remember the things that's Ryan, whether it's a poem or one of those awful earworm songs that get stuck in your head for ages, Rhyming is a powerful pneumonic device. One of the reasons this might be the case is because it taxing to the musical or auditory aspect of our brain. It's not just the meaning off the word, but the actual sound of it as well. That triggers our memories. The problem is that obviously there is no guarantee that the words that you want to memorize will rhyme with each other. That's where Ryan Keys coming to play. They are a method of leveraging the memory powers of rhyme with words that don't rhyme naturally. So how can we do this, and how, exactly, does its work? The first step to making use of rhyme keys is to memorize a Siris of words that rhyme with numbers. One is bun to it's you and several. Now let us come up with a series of words that you would like to remember. Let's take the example of Hutch shirt pants, and she's now we create our Ryan Keys. The detective has a hat and gun. That's one. My shirt is blue to there's pants in that tree. Three. The bull full. Where's shoes? Like other memory methods that we discussing this course, the rhyme key method relies on image association, so you want to come up with rhyming sentences that also make for memorable images. Of course, you need to be quite good as coming up with Ryan key words itself. You also need to decide what the common lists link must be. Beyond seven items, it can become much more difficult to remember all your rhyme keys. This method works best in practice. If you keep the list at seven or fewer items 11. Method of Loci: in this lecture, we're going to discuss the method of Low Sigh, a special method used to remember information that has to do with visualizing physical spaces. The word low sigh in the phrase method of low sigh, is Latin for places and not, as you may have thought, the law. Scott of Misty. It goes by many names, such as the Journey Method, memory Palaces and Memory Journeys. This is probably the oldest memory method, and records go back as far as the sixth century B C E, Although some people suspect that it may be older than even that. Remember, we mentioned earlier that the brain seems to time memories to the places where they were formed. That might explain why this method has proven so effective over the years. So how do you use this method? First, you have to create an imaginary journey through a familiar place. Most people start by using their house. Take a number of stops on a tour of your home. You are going to place a number of items in each of these locations using only your imagination. Let's say that you're going to make the following five stops. The fast one on the bed off your bedroom, the second on your bedroom side table, the third in the whole way. The fourth in the umbrella. Stand by the front door on the fifth stop on the kitchen counter. Now we need one awesome for each stock. Theoreticians can just timely be what they are, such as things as your shopping list, but they can also be symbolic. For example, if you have to remember the word victory, the object could be a trophy or a model ship named Victory. It's completely up to you. But for my example, I'll just be using a short shopping list. Can eggs, cheese, tomatoes and onions? Right now, we're going to start our memory journey. First, you need to stand in front of your bed in your bedroom. On your bed is a giant, glistening hand. Really work your imagination and taking every ridiculous detail off this impossibly huge hand. Imagine the bedsprings creaking under its weight, now completes the rest of the memory journey by taking each item in turn and placing them in each memory location make their appearance memorable in some way. If you do this correctly, you can recall the information stored in your memory. Low sigh. Any time you want 12. Keywords: here will be discussing the keyword method of memory improvement. This is, ah, highly effective and first style memory strategy that's especially useful for learning new vocabulary. This includes new vocabulary in a foreign language that you may be current learning so it really can improve your language. Learning success. It's important to note that while this is a great way to remember the meaning of new words , it won't help you remember the word in the first place in language learning. This is usually not an issue when trying to understand someone, though, since they will offer the word which should trigger the keyword method. Apart from helping you remember what newly learned words mean. It's also great for remembering core facts about something. So how does its work? Well, Step one is to take the new or foreign word on. Identify a word in your own language that you already know. That sounds like the word or like some part of it. One good example is the word radius, which is the length between the centre and edge of a circle and radish, which is, of course, a type of vegetable. You could then imagine an image of a radish hanging from a string pinned to the center of a circle. So when you hear the word radius, it will remind you off radish, which will remind you off. That's memorable image. In this way, you can remember the meaning off the word easily. For foreign language words, you can do the same. For example, the Spanish word for hat is sombrero, which sounds like the English word samba. So what you could do is imagine a sad person standing in the rain wearing a hat. In this way, you form a unique and memorable connection to the meaning off the word that you are under likely to forget. Make good use of your imagination when creating these keyword connections. This stranger off Funny of the key, Where do you come up with is the least likely you are to forget it. If you've had a hard time coming up with these by yourself, it's may be useful to come up with keywords along with a friend off fellow student, Since these are not always easy to come up with, its better to invest keyword creation time only for those words that you really have difficulty remembering the meaning off the image that she was Soc eight, with the new word on related keyword can actually be more than an image if needed. Instead of a single image, such as a somber man wearing a hat, you could make a short and memorable story instead. For example, the hat shop was very somber when John went there today. Since the owners favorite cat had died by making little stories like this, you can really ensure that you remember the meaning off the new words. 13. Remembering Names and Faces: next, we'll be looking at improving one of the most dreaded memory failures, and that's for getting someone's name. Most people have experienced it. You're introduced someone new, you shake their hand. And as they introduce themselves and almost as soon as you let go, their names slips away into the shadows. It's certainly one of the most embarrassing social situations you can get into. But it's even worse when you meet somewhere after a long time and can recall their face with no problem but just not their name. If you've ever being on the receiving end of someone forgetting your name or, worse, getting it wrong, you know that it really feels as if someone doesn't value or respect you. When that happens. This is why it's so important to make the effort to remember the names of new people you meet. One of the reasons we find it easy to remember faces is that facial recognition predates language by a lot. As social animals, we evolved highly sensitive brain circuitry for remembering faces long before language. This is why people see the face of Jesus in slices of toast. This is a very cool psychological phenomenon known as parody early in. So how can we keep names in our memory? One of the best known methods is called Image Name Association. As you can probably guess, this involves creating visual links between the face off a person and their name. This capitalizes on your brains, advanced face memory and uses it to make up for the rather unreliable name memory. So how does it work? Okay, where you first meet someone, take special care to examine their faces. This does not mean you should be creepy about it or make me feel uncomfortable. Just pay special attention to their face and look for any unusual features. They may have things like their ears, forehead or so on. For example, someone may have strike 3.2 years that remind you of Mr Spark from Starter. You could then associate their face with an image off Mr Spark and their name. Another method is to take a face and a name and creates an image that reminds you off. The name Abbey could become a B, and the image of a B could be associate ID. With the distinguishing facial feature, you've chosen another effective way to remember someone's name is to immediately ask them to repeat it while you have your first conversation with them. You should use their name as frequently as you can without over doing it. Of course, you should also mentally repeat the image name association after the person has left a few times to help store it in your long term memory. 14. Chaining: next, we're going to be looking at something called the chaining memory method. This is also sometimes know as the linking method. It's a very effective way to remember long lists rations. It doesn't even matter what the list is. You can remember anything in order. By creating a chain of associations, start with the first word in the list and link it to the next without association. You then take the next word and link its to the next. Keep doing this until you've reached the end of the chain. In practice, you only need to remember the very first item on the list. This will trigger the association to the next word, which will trigger the next association and so on and say, four. The chain consists of a series of mental pictures. Each mental picture contains two objects, the one that you need to recall and the one which acts as a link to the next picture. Here is a list of random words by way of demonstration fish co robot bread lens Gone cat would well and rocket your notice that all of these items in the list are examples of concrete objects, while the chain method will work with abstract ideas such as love. It is much easier with non abstract objects. If you do need to include abstract stuff, you'll have to make it concrete by imagining something like love, for example, as two people holding hands. This is what the chain of images would look right beef and call car and read a book Ray. But bridge bridge lens lens gun gun can't would would, well, well, rocket. The idea is to turn this chain into a short, if somewhat crazy story that you can easily memorize. You've probably noticed that each item on the list apart from the first and the last, appeared twice. As we said earlier, you only need to remember the first ration by yourself. If the order in which you remember the items does not matter, you can also rearrange the order to make the creation off mental images easier. It's very important that the images you create are either strange or special in some way, so that to make them more memorable. So now let us change this chain into a story. As he stand on the side of the road, a fish comes past, driving a car. The car suddenly swerves to avoid a robot crossing the road. The robot drops the bag of bread he's carrying and falls onto his face, cracking the lens of visa. I seeing the commotion, a policeman carrying a gun runs over. He tightly holds onto his cap so that it doesn't blow away. As he comes closer, you noticed that one of his legs is made of wood. The wooden leg has a little wheel attached to the end of it. As he reaches the fallen robot, a huge red rocket crashes on top of thumb. All now, that's a pretty strange story. I think you'll agree. But wouldn't she finds that story easier to remember than just a plain old list of words. Now it's your turn. Try the activity in the next lecture and see how you get on 15. Mind Mapping: in this lecture, we're going to be disgusting the mind mapping memory technique and how it can help you remember complex sets of information. You can also combine mind mapping with other techniques, such as chaining to truly recall a massive amount of information with very little effort. Mind maps combined some of the most important aspects of memory association imaginative ity . Andi creativity. It actually improves these aspects of your mind as well. Making use of mind maps will also improve your ability with other memory techniques. ANDI will improve your memory abilities. In general, a mind mouth is actually a drawing representing a set of related concepts. That's the most basic level. You take the information that you wish to remember, and you turn it into a drawing that visually represents the different topics and components off the whole. Then you memorize the picture and use it to trigger recall off the various facts and concepts, there are a few important things to keep in mind about mind. Nothing. The first and most important aspect of mind, that's is that they only contain keywords, no notes or anything longer than a single word or term. Secondly, mind maps are all about associations. They encourage you to create links between different ideas so that you don't just build separates memories but networks of strongly associative memories. Thirdly, good mind maps are highly visual. They use colors and energies to help you remember and reinforce what you've learned or wish to learn. You should not be afraid to unleash the rt or creative side of yourself. If you want to draw slightly wacky things or paste images that you won't forget next to keywords that you won't remember, then do so as long as you creation lasting a memorable Matthew knowledge. The easiest way to start mind mapping is to use a textbooks table of content because this has already being organized into a logical structure that indicates the relationship between concepts. Take a piece of paper or make use of the many mind mapping acts and software available. Then take the book's title and write it at the center of your mind map. Put it in its own bubble and then draw a line from it to another bubble for every chapter or which ever chapter, the relevant to you now radiates lines for each subsection of the chapter within each of those bubbles, put keywords and images that's can remind you of the content. You can use some of the other image association techniques in this course to create those associations. Once your mind map is done, you need to memorize it as a visual memory. First, look at it as a whole. Try to remember how maney bubbles on branches there are. It's helpful to give all of the branches different colors and shapes as well. Spend time looking at the map and then closing your eyes to recall what it looks like at a high level. Do this until your visual memory matches the actual document. Now move to each sub branch, in turn repeating the same visual memorization process. When you get content, such as list of keywords, you can switch to techniques such as chaining to memorize those. If you systematically memorize each section independently and then link it to your memory of the overall map, you'll be able to navigate the map mentally and look up the information you need at will. By creating a mind map, you are literally creating your own filing system inside your brain that served your individual memory needs as you advance, it will be up to you to create the logical structures that she found inside existing texts , such as textbooks. Once you're comfortable doing that, you can do wonders with mind maps and imply them to just about anything that requires memory. 16. Conclusion: This is the last video in the schools. Congratulations on making it all the way through to the end. Let's quickly reflect on what we've learned over the course of the lessons. So it's just summarize everything and refresh your memory on your memory courses, memory methods. So what have we learned? We've seen that having a better memory can improve our lives in every way. That's almost everything we do, relies on our memory and how well it performs. At the same time, we learned that forgetting in and of itself is not a bad thing. Remembering is a function of novel G concentration and preparation. You have to work to ensure that you pay attention to the things you want to memorize so that they can encode in your brain properly. Most of the messages in this course rely on making associations between things that you already know and new information. It's about using your imagination to create imagery and ideas that are so new and interesting that you can't help but to remember it. Everyone has a good memory. Some people just use it in a smarter and more deliberate way. The most important thing off course is to practice, practice practice. The more you put these memory methods into practice, the better you will get a them, the better you get it remembering things, the more you will want to learn. It's important to challenge yourself just a little bit more every day. In fact, during these brain exercises can keep you happy and healthy for longer, even as you age. I really do hope that you've enjoyed the memory methods, that I've shown you any schools and that you'll find a whole new world of possibilities by using them.