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Memory tricks
Ten simple ways to recall anything

 1. Draw Mind Maps. That's how your brain stores information: like branches on a tree. And if you draw Mind Maps using symbols as well as bold words, you'll be able to visualize the main points. Click here to learn the key principles.
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2. Learn with all your senses. If you can see it, touch it, taste it, hear it and smell it, you are much more likely to remember it.

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3. Learn by doing. "Muscle memory" is extremely powerful. That's why you can easily ride a bike, even if you haven't been on one for 20 years.

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4. Use linking tools as memory pegs. "The more you link, the more you learn" - that's the key to most memory courses. So attach new information on to information that you know well.

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5. Make those links visual - like visualizing a McDonald's arch with a crocodile under it to recall that Ray Krok founded the fast-food chain.

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6. Make your links physical - like learning to count in Japanese, using a simple series of physical actions.

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7. Make your links in rhyme - and visualize them. Click here for examples.

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8. Practice, practice, practice. If you're learning French, work in a French restaurant. Studying shorthand? Write every day over a newspaper editorial. Join Toastmasters to practice public speaking.

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9. Memorize initial letters - such as AIDA (attract Attention, arouse Interest, create Desire, and urge Action) as the key principles of advertising. Make up your own.

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10. Get emotionally involved. Emotion is the gateway to learning.

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These simple tips are included in Chapter 4 of the world's best-selling book, The Learning Revolution, by Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos - the chapter that covers The first 20 steps to learn anything much faster, better and more easily.


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