Five Easy Games to Improve Your Memory

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How to Improve Your Memory 

Are you always fidgeting for a notepad to jot a list? Can't remember someone's name? Forget details of conversations that you just had? 
Here are five proven, simple and easy games/techniques to help you improve your memory, from the creators of

The Journey System
You can memorize objects by associating them with a journey. 

The location of the journey can stay the same, but you - the traveler - need to be moving. You should come across the entire set of objects one at a time, on your journey. 
As with many other memory techniques, the more absurd the visuals you create, the more likely they'll be to stick in your memory. 

For example, imagine you are going to the movies. Before you enter the lobby of the movie theater, you purchase tickets for you and your friend. Now, associate the elements you see with what you need to remember.

Let’s pretend that you need to buy grocery items after seeing a movie. Seeing the long line of moviegoers to the ticket booth is a start. Imagine that the moviegoers in line are hauling huge chunks of meat to the ticket booth to purchase, instead of tickets.

After buying your own meat slab from the ticket booth, you then proceed to the lobby where you can buy popcorn and drinks served by two food counter clerks.

The first clerk is named Ms. Tomato while the other one is named Mr. Lettuce. One has a head like a tomato and the other's head is, yep, a head of iceberg. After ordering, Ms. Tomato serves you a bucket of cheese bars instead of popcorn, along with a tall glass of melted butter.

After you’re satisfied with what you bought, you and your friend proceed to the movie theater and find yourselves a seat.

The seats are carved from giant red apples. As you sit back and wait for the movie to start, the screen in front is operated by four grocery clerks, who are pulling the scenes with giant sausages stringed together from the projection screen to make the image move from one picture to another.
Again, the funnier the story, the higher the chances of remembering each item clearly.

More Games to Improve Your Memory

The Link Method
Say you need to remember five items. We can take the items as the following; a cat, rice, hat, pigeon and fence. They are entirely different and have no relevance from one another, but remembering these bits of information is easy with the Link Method.
Start with the cat. Imagine it as a Siamese cat that eats rice (since he’s from Siam.) The rice is served in a hat but then, a pigeon comes along and starts to eat the rice. Seeing this, the cat chases the pigeon away and ends up landing in the fence.

What you can do in addition to the scene above, is to create details for each character. Try to imagine the colors, location and other important details as you construct the scene. Experts have found that memory skills work very well in association with colors, but not as well when it comes to shapes.

Silly Stories
Creating an absurd and outrageous story from a list of non-related items can help things stick in your mind, too. 

If there are lots of things to remember, try to put the related or similar items in a grouping and name it. You can also create acronyms out of the clusters you have made and then, create a silly story using the acronyms or the cluster of words you’ve created.

Once you have this ready, you can then associate mental images with the story and each keyword you’ve made. 

One way to remember things easily is to rhyme words. Toddlers learn riddles and rhymes in nursery school, and making up a song or rhyme about a particular subject can help us, too. 

Another effective memory technique is the use of initials or the first letter of the word. For a group of items, take each first letter and make a word out of it, ala ROY G. BIV. 

In some cases, there might be too few vowels to make a word. For example, say you wanted to remember: pasta, rye, fish, cheese and table. Together they look like this: PRFCT. We can add the letter E in between the initials to make it a word; in this case, it can be read now as PERFECT. When you remember the word PERFECT, you’ll easily recognize which item stands for each consonant.