Do you belong to the group of people who cannot remember details? Are you one of those who cannot remember other people’s names, details in films and books? If yes, read the article below and find out how to improve your memory.

In the 1970s, Hermann Ebbinghaus, a psychologist from Germany, was into human memory and decided to study it thoroughly. He set up reliable experimental methods for the quantitive measurement of the memory.

He made a list of meaningless words and he used them to assess the learning of free meaning. He knew that knowledge affected acquiring new information, so he experimented with a meaningless material.

He published his results in ‘Forgetting Curve’, which showed the rate at which people forget new information. He discovered that he has forgotten a little information in 20 minutes and more than a half of the meaningless material in just an hour. Moreover, he has forgotten 2/3 of the material in a day, but he remembered the rest of the material.

This suggests that if the material remains remembered for a day, it is memorized forever.
In addition, he proposed the theory of spacing effects, which claimed that people learn better and easily if they studied the information a few times, making extended periods in between.

For example, if you study a speech one week before an event, you will learn it easily than if you study it a night before the event.

Here is a better explanation of the Spaced Repetition Method:

– Short-term memorization of information:

• 1st repetition immediately after learning the information
• 2nd repetition after 15 – 20 minutes
• 3rd repetition after 6 – 8 hours
• 4th repetition after 24 hours

– Long-term memorization of information:

• 1st repetition immediately after learning the information
• 2nd repetition after 20 – 30 minutes
• 3rd repetition after a day
• 4th repetition after 2 – 3 weeks
• 5th repetition after 2 – 3 months

Here are additional tips if you still cannot remember birthdays, dates, etc.:

1. To be able to remember information better and easily, first you need to understand what you are learning.

2. Make a list of priorities and learn them first.

3. The serial positioning effects have already shown that we easily remember things that are learnt at the beginning and at the end.

4. When acquiring a new language, relate the unfamiliar words with the words you know.

5. We memorize opposite words easily, so when learning new vocabulary, learn opposites at the same time (e.g.: day – night)

6. While learning new information, use body language and visualize it, because it will boost your memory and help you to remember information easily.

7. The interference theory suggests that you can mix similar memories. So, sometimes change topics while remembering things.

8. ‘Nailing’ words means to nail one thing after another. This will help you to remember the information related to the nail.

Remember these tips and you will never forget things again.