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Before showing each memory improvement method I will provide an example for you to remember Take this list for example Read through the list once pausing at each item as necessary and after the last item recall as many as possible without viewing the list blue clown windmill ladder belt sound Christmas essay disc square How many did you get Most people remember the first couple because they focus on those words and the last two because they are still in short-term memory Unfortunately remembering 4 words out of 10 wouldnt be regarded as a passing mark Some people may remember the first and last 3 or maybe a couple from the middle but it still means that you are missing something Suppose you are picking up ingredients for dinner tonight without a list and you only remember half or even 8 of the 10 ingredients Obviously each extra ingredient you remember will provide you with more chance of making the dinner or at least having some ingredients to make something else if necessary Now go through the list again - pausing at each item as necessary and then see how many you remember Is it more than last time It should be In fact if you read through the list over and over youd probably memorize the order of the list as well which gets me to memory trick 1 Trick 1 Repetition Spend some time going through various lists spending varying amounts of times for each different list and see how long it takes you to remember Staring at a word for 5 minutes isnt effective if you can remember it by looking at it for just 2 minutes Likewise glancing at each word for 2 seconds might require you to read the whole list again which slows you down This simple exercise will help you determine how long you should spend studying lists of words including vocabulary
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