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    Default How do you memorize/recall information?

    I was recently trying to memorize some formulae-dense pages and at the same time researching on the internet ways to speed up the process. Somehow I stumbled upon this article:

    Eidetic memory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Eidetic memory as observed in children is typified by the ability of an individual to study an image for approximately 30 seconds, and maintain a nearly perfect photographic memory of that image for a short time once it has been removed--indeed such eidetikers claim to "see" the image on the blank canvas as vividly and in as perfect detail as if it were still there.
    And I remembered that I am renewed among my friends for being able to tell the faces of girls in every detail and recall every little defect after having seen them for just a brief while. So I told myself, instead of trying to memorize everything via words and conceptualization, why not just shooting pics of pages in my mind? I tried, and much to my suprise, it's fucking been working and helping me immensely

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    Default Memorization Techniques

    I use flashcards to help create mental pictures for memories, but my brain seems not to be as quick and efficient as yours. I know I am a very visual learner, and I have to see it in order to memorize it quickly.
    For remembering abstract things like the genders of new words in a string of vocabulary words in a foreign language, I use the Roman Room Technique. Remembering Information With the Roman Room Technique - Mind Tools Mnemonic Systems I think that many of the other ideas at this same site are good--main page here: Mind Tools - Self-Study Management Training, Career Training, Leadership Training and Career Coaching.

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    I am capable of remembering sequences by picturing them in my mind -- for example, I can still recite the twenty-digit number that emerged from the test that Ygolo forwarded.

    While comprehension of more complicated information requires rote, and takes longer than thirty seconds, retention seems to last years.

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    I tend to just read things over several times, not trying to control what gets absorbed. After a few times I usually have things mostly memorized, and i can move on to the details that haven't stuck for some reason.

    It also helps a lot of whatever I'm memorizing has a pattern to it. (For example, if math or science equations are derived from the same source, and I can remember in general how the derivation works.) It also helps if I can "visualize" what I'm memorizing somehow (Whether by directly remembering the image on a page, or by remembering some some concept that describes that I'm trying to memorize.)

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    Ack! I am so jealous of your capabilities. I would think that one with an eidetic memory would realize their gift sooner, though. How strange, I wonder why you never thought to tap into this ability for academic purposes until now?

    I have never really given it any thought as to how I retain information... I doze often in class, yet as if out of thin air information reaches me as I am taking an exam. I have never officially sat down and studied anything before, so I wonder, I wonder. It feels as though my mind is a tape recorder of some sort, and I can replay words whenever I feel like it. Of course, if I have absolutely no interest the subject, I am quick to block out words and explanations. Even so, sometimes information somehow takes up residence in my head. Especially abstract concepts, they seem to lodge themselves somewhere in my mind. I could probably go on for hours about this, as I have never really explored my memory before, merely taken it for granted. Heehee, I'll just stop here.

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    I have to do something with it. Most things auditory I forget, I can't remember a tune, or what I was told to do five minutes ago.

    Visual things I remember a bit better...powerpoint presentations, periodic table, the exact layout of maps...yes, I remember most of the Myst island layout...and I haven't played that game for years.

    Overall, I learn best by doing something. By messing around with the computer, having to draw things in class, chemistry lab, etc.

    Also, I can remember many things I read, especially storylines. I'll remember the plot from books I read years ago, even though I may have read hundreds of books since then.
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    yeah- I'm kind of mystified as to how I learn things- I usually don't pay all that much attention in class, and when I buy my textbooks (the damned things are expensive!) I rarely have time to read them except at work, but I always know the answers to things on exams and when I get asked a question in class. My family and friends are usually impressed that I can memorize things without really studying

    I guess that if it's not broke, why bother fixing it?

    (I always learned math by having someone explain WHY I have to do things in that order though)

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    I can forget something I've only seen directly, but I seem to remember things I hear for a while after I've heard them (even if I mentally spoke them to myself as I was reading.) If I want to remember something, I sometimes have to say it to myself in my mind. I also find it easier to understand something that's been explained to me via words rather than pictures. I've always struggled with graphs.

    Another odd thing is that I can often remember the meaning or significance of something, what it does, and what it was related to, but forget what it was called.

    I have tested as an auditory learner, which makes sense to me.

    The only visual thing I tend to experience is that I as I hear something spoken, I seem to quickly imagine it in written form. And when I read something, I tend to imagine what it sounds like verbally. It's kind of weird.

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    Flash cards or quiz myself as I can't stand re reading things. I don't remember them either. So I do flash cards and keep going through them until I can go through the whole stack looking at both sides of the card.

    For formula's though I had to apply them to remember them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kobato View Post
    Ack! I am so jealous of your capabilities. I would think that one with an eidetic memory would realize their gift sooner, though. How strange, I wonder why you never thought to tap into this ability for academic purposes until now?
    Aehm. I never actually really opened my books much until now...and teacher also always suggested different methods of acquiring informations. I remember when I was in middle school I used this for science formulaes, but since HS was mostly composed by business, law, and maths classes I didn't need any particular technique.

    BTW thanks for the roman room technique page! Gonna try it now.

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