The working of the brain is a mystery even scientists have a hard time explaining. However, they define memory retention as a process. You can retain and recall information in your brain by piecing bits and pieces of information stored in different parts of your brain. While scientists argue on the technicalities of the process, they have a few recommendations that can help you organize information better.
1. Break it Down
Look at the digits on your credit or debit card, why do they appear as ‘1234 5678 9100’ as opposed to 123456789100? It is easier to study and retain information that is in small groups as opposed to one big chunk of data. Some people recall numbers in groups of two, three of five. Understand the system that works best for you and use it repeatedly. For example, if you find yourself reciting numbers in three’s, learn to break down information into groups of three. It allows you to organize and recall it better. You can use this method for lists, presentations, digits or educational tasks.
2. Pay Less Attention to Detail
In an effort to store and organize as much information as you can, your brain lacks time to sort through minute details. Too much information going into the brain jumbles it up making it hard for your memory system to sort through it and store the relevant data. To enable your brain store information in a way that you can mentally peruse through it and retrieve what is relevant to you, you need a functional sorting system. Pay attention to what is relevant and absorb it all. Often, the relevant facts appear in repeat enabling you to store them better. Notice the details but do not spend too much time on them, they may distract you from what is relevant and jam your brain’s sorting system.
3. Keyword Power
Keywords help you find information in volumes of text or even locate relevant date online; the same works for your brain. In a situation where you have to remember loads of information, break it down into smaller groups and assign each group a keyword you will recall with ease. The keyword technique is especially useful when you are trying to recall relevant information under pressure, for example, when speaking in public. Using keywords helps you classify and retrieve data without getting confused.
4. Narrative Power
Narratives have power in the way brains work; they help you visualize and organize information chronologically. Through stories, you can organize jumbled information to create a flowing message. The structure in narratives forces your brain to follow a particular order. The power stories have on the mind’s ability to think creatively and follow a certain structure is vital to your ability to organize your thoughts. Use this strategy in a way that is fun and easy for you, for example, use keywords to create stories or mnemonic sentences or associate new information with something that is familiar.
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The brain is a tricky organ but very important especially when interacting with others or sharing information. In an effort to look good, taking these brain organization skills to heart may help you look more composed and boost your confidence especially in public.