More Quick Snippets

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013 in , , , , , ,

Luc Viatour's plasma lamp pictureIs it time for April's snippets so soon? It only seems soon because March's were so late.

This month, the focus is on resources which help you remember more effectively!

• Just today, Forbes.com posted a wonderful article titled 6 Easy Ways to Remember Someone's Name. In addition to the standard advice, I especially like the tip of asking them a question, so you can take some time to mentally link their name with their face.

If you want to examine this in more detail, I've prepared a YouTube playlist focusing on memorizing names and faces. There's also an excellent book titled How to Remember Names and Faces: How to Develop a Good Memory (originally published in 1943, but the advice is still very sound!). I've also covered various mobile apps that help you practice these techniques.

• Speaking of apps, there's a new free iOS app called Brain Athlete (iTunes link). This focuses on memory-competition feats, including memorizing numbers, word lists, and playing cards. If you've read Joshua Foer's Moonwalking With Einstein and/or read my PAO system post, you should have a good understanding of the basics.

If you get stuck finding a certain person for your PAO system, here are links to lists totaling 10,000 famous people to help. No actions are objects are included, as these need to be developed based on how you imagine each of these famous people.

• Every so often, I run across free memory web apps that I find useful, such as these. The newest one I've found is the Major System Database. It's very simple and direct. You can find words for a given number, the numeric equivalent of a given word, or even break up numbers into small groups and give you mnemonics for each group!

• For Windows users, there's a new free program available, simply titled Memorization Software. It's designed to help you remember various types of texts, such as lyrics, poems, and speeches word for word. The tutorial video below (no audio) gives you an idea of the various approaches used here.

If you like this approach, but don't have a Windows machine (or even if you do!), my web app Verbatim 2 (Video Tutorial link) is also free, works in a similar manner, and runs in any modern browser.

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