Making the Most of Your Memory!

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Did you forget to take your homework to school? Or did your mother scold you for leaving your geometry box at home? You will remember stuff better if you boost your memory.


  1. Create an Exact Location: You will not forget where your geometry box or map book is if you place it in the same location every time!
  2. Stop and Stare: Paying attention is important to remember stuff. So, take a second to stare at the lines of a poem and read it with full concentration if you need to memorise it.
  3. Sing Along: It is incredibly easy to remember stuff if you string the lines into a song. Try singing the line, ‘Mammals are warm-blooded animals while reptiles are cold-blooded...’ to the tune of any of your favourite tunes.
  4. Recall Stuff at Odd Locations: Try recalling your history test points when you are eating dinner or playing football. Recalling stuff out of the blue forces the mind to pull out all stops and remember what you have learnt.
  5. Study In a Quiet Place Without Distractions: The mind cannot focus if you are continuously checking your social media page or if there is music playing in the background.
  6. Try Remembering an Event Around a Memory: If you are struggling to remember what your teacher told you in class, try recalling the events surrounding the memory. Recalling the chain of events, such as how the class started and who spoke first, will help jolt the memory you want.
  7. Emotions Trigger Memory: Very often, remembering how you felt at the time something happened will help you recall what you need to. That is why you may feel angry whenever you see a class bully because an unpleasant memory of an exchange between the two of you has triggered that response.
  8. Use All Your Senses: If you are reading about taproots in science and you need to remember facts about potatoes and radishes, think of the smell and taste of potato cutlets and radish paranthas. Connecting your sight, smell, taste and hearing will reinforce the memory you are creating.
  9. Reframe Your Thinking: Words such as ‘exams’, ‘final assessment’ and ‘competitive exams’ are associated with an increased feeling of stress and anxiety. Thinking of an upcoming exam as a normal routine matter and not a life-or-death situation will help ease the stress and pressure, making it easier for your mind to focus on learning.
  10. Write It Down: Have you ever wondered why your parents are always making grocery lists? Writing down stuff is a highly effective technique to build memory.

Did You Know?

Memory has two parts:

by Dr Preetika Chanda; Clinical Psychologist & Writer Affiliated with Blossoms School, Meerut