8 Exercises to Improve Your Memory


Although we can find the meaning of any word in seconds, it is quite handy to have a good vocabulary knowledge. When it comes to interpreting, knowing the words by heart is a must. We hardly have time to look up a word at the same time interpreting a sentence and still not losing our grip. While translating, we are kind of more flexible in terms of time but who does not want to finish a translation in a shorter time? I guess, if we know the words and concepts by heart, the time will get shorter. 

I remember memorizing pages of words in high school. In university, I memorized many words for the exams as well. However, as my brain gets loaded with new information everyday, I find it harder to memorize or recall the words. I have found some exercises to improve the memory. The source is a website called “learningmind”. There are also games and quizes about improving the memory if you are interested. I will do the exercises from now on. Do you want to try as well?

1. 5-10 minutes after you wake up count backwards from 100 to 1 as fast as you can.

2. Repeat the alphabet, finding a word for each letter. If you have forgotten a letter or can’t find a word, don’t stop. Pace is important.

3. Find twenty male and female names.

4. Select any letter of the alphabet and find twenty words starting with it.

5.Close your eyes and count to twenty.

6.You may learn poetry. The point is to do it gradually and regularly, constantly increasing volume of memorized text. You should like the poetry you learn. If you will learn it by force you are not going to achieve good results.

7. In the evening before going to bed, remember all the events of the day, watching them like a movie, in reverse order from the evening to the morning. You should try to remember as more details as you can. The main rule of this exercise is not to concentrate on negative events.

8. Make associations. You can try to memorize events, giving them associations. For example, while reading imagine walking down the street. Each word is a part of this street. So placing facts/words on the route you usually take to go to a supermarket, you can easily memorize them. Each time memorizing new information, take a new route.

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13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by claudia Maria rodrigues de almeida on March 1, 2012 at 14:15

    exercises to improve ourmemory are always good, but this one itself is very extensive since we have to remember what to do in 8 different steps…Anyway, I`ll try to remember one or two of them to get started.


  2. Posted by LIZ on March 1, 2012 at 15:13

    I wish I could have all that time! I can try anyway…


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    • Posted by JGB on April 12, 2012 at 17:27

      For me, time is pretty easy to find; I do not think one needs to sit down and do just that for it to work. I count backward and do the 26 letters/words in the shower; the twenty male and females names and twenty words starting with a letter while drying my hair.
      Instead of learning poetry, I speak songs – It’s easy to remember a song with intonations, but I find it works my brain to recall the words without singing.
      The before-bed recaling the day was already part of my routine.
      I don’t really understand the point about associations, so I just dopped it, and I don’t understand how counting to twenty with eyes closed helps with memory; I replaced it with recalling words (equivalents and definitions) I searched for during the day on my way back home.


  3. Interesting and kind of natural, I think. Thank you for sharing it.


  4. Posted by Sou on March 2, 2012 at 10:42

    Cool exercices, if only one can find the time:p I’ll try exercice 1,Im sure it will help since sometimes I can hardly remember what I ate for dinner!


  5. Posted by isabel fraga on March 4, 2012 at 16:12

    Nice of your sharing these exercises .Many thanks..


  6. Thanks, these are great tips! I think I have to start learning poetry by heart…


  7. Thank you for the exercises, I specially like number 7, think it will be meaninful. I´ll start tonight.


  8. Posted by Ainara on September 9, 2012 at 10:53

    Thank you so much, all of them are good but I think the last one is really useful!!!


  9. It’s actually very complex in this busy life to listen news on TV, thus I simply use web for that reason,
    and obtain the most recent information.


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