The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve takes us on one conclusion that just one hour after learning we forget more than half of the learned information. One week later we remember only 20%.
1. Exercise to increase your memory power
Working out is good for the body, but our brain reaps many benefits as well. Exercise is very effective to improve learning and memory, so if you’re having writer’s block or just can’t seem to get through that tough math problem, try walking it off or squeezing in a quick gym session.
A study found that exercise has immediate benefits on cognition of a person — after a simple 15-minute exercise session, participants showed an improvement in memory and cognitive processing.
2. Write down facts be memorized
Research has shown that writing out facts or problems improves the ability to memorize them instead of learning them to passively by re-reading. Further, it is also found that taking lecture notes by hand instead of typing them out on a computer is more effective to better recall the lesson content.
3. Makeup stories.
If you are trying to memorize a lot of information in some particular order, try to put the pieces into a story. It's important that the pieces are connected to each other with some kind of plot.
4. Relate new things with existing knowledge
According to a study done by Loma Linda University School of Medicine, a great brain-based technique for memory retention is to relate new information to what you already know. For example, if you are learning about Ancient history, you might learn chapters and topics in sequence. First, learn stone age, then Indus valley and then Vedic era and relate them, the changes in society, etc.
5. Teach other people what you’ve learned
Sharing your newly learned skills or knowledge is an efficient way to further solidify the new information in your brain, according to Loma Linda University. Find a friend or anyone and share the information you have gathered It’s a win-win for everyone.