How to Train Your Brain to Retain Information

Train your brain to retain information with these tips, and fight the fear that you’re losing your faculties.


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Keep your mind sharp with the memory-boosting tips and tricks in these Howcast videos. You'll learn how to remember a word or name you've blanked on; memorize facts and figures more easily; remember people's names; use the memory palace technique to remember anything; and much more.

You Will Need

  • Lists
  • Songs and rhymes
  • Pen and paper
  • Quiet, secluded place
  • Speed reading exercises
  • Rest (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Create and memorize lists

    Create and memorize lists, organized alphabetically, logically, or however helps you to recall information. Test different systems to find the best one.

  2. Step 2

    Sing or rhyme

    Sing or rhyme the information so that you can recall it through the familiarity of music or word patterns.

  3. Step 3

    Review information

    Review information constantly, in short bursts and at staggered intervals to retain.

  4. Rest your mind. Studies show we can lose retention if we don’t.

  5. Step 4

    Let it sink in

    Write information down in your own words. Then speak the words aloud so that you use several senses in the process.

  6. Step 5

    Find quiet places

    Find quiet, secluded places to study. Practice deep breathing while you read in order to concentrate.

  7. Most people forget as much as 80 percent of what they have learned within 24 hours of learning it.

  8. Step 6

    Utilize speed reading

    Utilize speed reading exercises. Scanning for key words and underlining can reinforce memory skills.

  9. Alzheimer’s is expected to triple, affecting more than 13 million people over the next 40 years.