March 28th, 2017
How to Sharpen Short Term Memory by Self-Improving
Short-term memory is memories that your mind stores temporarily. Remember that even though you may not be able to remember something doesn't mean that it isn't there. In order for you to be able to remember something, you have to activate the memory. What I mean by that is that you have to hear something, see something, or smell something that triggers your memory. Your memory is mainly triggered by your senses, through your eyes, ear, nose, and mouth, yet the triggers are associating pieces of the memory.
One of the best ways to sharpen your short-term memories is by visualizing yourself in a scene. You can also use role-playing to act out these visions. Visualizations allow you to "be in the moment." What I mean by that is that you are able to actually place yourself in that particular memory. As you do that, you are able to see, hear, smell, and touch your surroundings. Even though they might not be right in front of you, your mind allows you to travel back to that time so that you are able to see why that memory is so special. As soon as you are able to visualize your memories then you will be able to organize your thoughts and start building a foundation for your memories. Every time that you do something that you have done before your memory is going to be triggered. It is then up to you to see what made that memory come back to life.
At what time you learn something, your mind stores it for you so that you are able to go back and relate to that certain area of study. For instance, at what time you were a child your parents showed you how to ride a bike. Even though for the first couple of times you fell off and bumped your knee, after a while, you got the hang of things and you got on your bike and took off. As the years pass, although you haven't rode, a bike in a long while, you will still have the memory to ride the bike without problems.
Through learning from your mistakes, you were able to learn how to ride the bike again. Did you know that your mind was the reason that you were able to learn to ride that bike? Your mind allowed you to store the information that you learned each time that you fell off that bike and in return you were able to pull those memories up to make sure that you didn't make the same mistakes again.
Therefore, if you are studying for a test at school and fear that you will not remember the information you learnt, you are wise to practice. Instead of reading the entire pages of the studying material, you can actually glance at first sentences to decide what the information will deliver. This is not only a speed reading practice; it is also an effective strategy for sharpening short-term memories, and the mind as a whole.
At one time in my life, I was able to read an entire book and read it back to someone without even opening the book again. At the time, I could read a book, and ten years later detail the book to a listener. This is because as I read the book, I not only read the words; I put myself in the scenes. What an amazing strategy this proved to be, since I used speed-reading, while reading and knew the next story the book would tell