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Memory Suggestions and Solutions February 25, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in Hifz, Qur'an.
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Being forgetful is an innate process, with the most distinguished loss occurring within the first 24 hours of learning. After one day a you will forget 46% of what you read, 79% after fourteen days, and 81% after twenty-eight days.

We remember when we decide to remember and when we have a reason or motivation to do so. Some helpful tips for remembering things are:

  1. Get rid of distractions while reading or studying.
  2. Develop a strong motivation and think of a reason why you want to learn something.
  3. Determine whether you will emphasize concepts, memory devices, visualization, or reciting.
  4. Associate new material to facts and concepts you already understand.
  5. To learn terminology, think about familiar parts of the words.

Half of the brain thinks in words and the other half in pictures.

  1. Consider pictures, diagrams, and charts in your text and develop your own.
  2. Picture information.

The most important tool is paying attention – think of it as a flashlight that concentrates on what you want to remember. The largest problem in general that people have with their memory is not paying attention. Attention is the gateway to your memory. Without it, a memory doesn’t get into your head, and what doesn’t get in can’t be saved. Without adequate attention, you may remember something for a moment, but then it evaporates.

The second obstacle is multitasking. When you’re multitasking, you may feel like you’re paying attention to many items at the same time, but you’re really not. If you have a set of things you really need to do and remember, do them one at a time.

Organization is extremely powerful. It’s how professional mnemonists can remember so much. The mnemonist who remembers the name of everyone who walks into a room all but certainly uses an organization system, one that he has probably taken years to learn. Ordinary people can get by with more practical organizations, and ones best suited to actually understanding what we’re learning, rather than just rote memorization.

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