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Keep your mind sharp with the memory-boosting tips and tricks in these Howcast videos.
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Break info into small bits
Break information into small bites and memorize, then add another item and build a list. Write the information down in small groups and repeat it.
Try the Method of Loci, which involves memorizing landmarks and surroundings and the items in the room or location. Practice mentally going about a location, picking up objects you have set near architectural specifics.
Group the information
Group information with related things you already know, so the association with old knowledge helps you remember new information .
Remember facial features
Link a face with a name by noting and committing to memory distinctive facial characteristics.
Rely on acronyms, to remember the Great Lakes -- Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior -- for instance. Use small packets of shortcut information to trigger the larger supply.
Create acrostic links
Create acrostic links by making up silly sentences that create a sort of acronym shortcut. Remember the grocery list with "Mean Mr. Mustard sleeps on the dock," so that you recall: mayo, mints, mustard, saltines, and dog food.
Rhyme, create songs
Rhyme words to hold them in mind, like "I before E except after C." Make up songs that rhyme the words you don't want to lose.
Practice remembering things constantly, as a personal challenge or a game. Go out of your way to test your ability and improve it.