Join Paul Nowak for an in-depth discussion in this video Repetition, part of Improving Your Memory.
- Repetition helps you remember. I'll repeat that. Repetition helps you remember. One of the easiest ways to remember anything is through repetition. Think about songs. How do they get stuck in your head? There's probably a song I could put on right now that you haven't heard in years, but you remember the lyrics to the song. How does that happen? It's all about repetition. You heard that song a number of times, and that's how you memorized all those lyrics. Nobody hears a song once and memorizes all the lyrics. Unless it's one of those songs that just repeats the same thing over and over again.
But again, that's repetition. Do you remember a teacher at some point in the past saying the words, "Repeat after me, class..." Teachers know very well the power of repetition. Now most people are already familiar with the idea of repetition, so we won't dwell on it here. But I did want to make mention of it because we're going to use it as a foundation for improving our memory. So if you want to remember something, you need to find ways of repeating or rehearsing that information. That could include writing it down, repeating it to yourself, or recalling the information later in the day by quizzing yourself.
Believe it or not, the mental effort you make to try and recall something is actually a form of repetition. And that helps reinforce that information in your memory. So keep in mind that repetition is a good way to improve your memory.
- Memory principles that work
- Taking notes
- Using songs and rhyming techniques to remember details
- Building a "memory palace"
- Remembering names and passwords
- Memorizing long texts and speeches