Byline: MARIA CROCE

TECHNIQUES Storytelling It can be difficult to remember a list of unconnected words unless you find a way to link them together.

One way is to create a story around them. And making it silly can actually make it easier to remember. The room method If you've started a new job or a new school - then it can be hard to remember all the new names.

For this you could try a method discovered more than 2000 years ago by ancient Greek poet Simonides.

Make a picture in your mind of where everyone is sitting - whether it's in an office or a classroom setting. Then as you think of the image it makes it easier to remember everyone as you look from table to table.

This method can also be used to create a memory room in your mind. If you need to remember a list of items think of them in different parts of the imaginary room.

To remember a toy truck - visualise it running along the radiator in the room and make the engine noise. To remember a striped tie - imagine the pattern on the rug in the room is made of striped ties.

It helps if the images are silly, moving and making noises.

eaR eaR Which To memorise a speech - try storing different parts of it in a "memory house". Then imagine walking through the house, picking up bits of the speech.

To remember different items in order - use furniture in the room to remember two things. And set yourself an order of how you move through the room and see each item of furniture.

Numbers game It's easier to remember phrases rather than numbers because the words have meaning. So one way of remembering numbers is to link them to letters.

Rob suggests the following: 1 is T - T has one line going down 2 is N - N has two feet 3 is M - M has three feet 4 is R - R is the fourth letter of FOUR 5 is L - L is the Roman number for 50 6 is J - 6 is like a backwards J 7 is K - K is like two 7s joined together 8 is F - An old-fashioned flooks like an 8 9 is P - 9 is like a backwards P 0 is Z - Z for zero To remember a number - turn it into letters then make words. It's also a good way to remember dates. For the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, concentrate on 815 - which in letters would be FTL. A way to remember would be thinking Waterloo was FaTaL for the soldiers.

Rhymes to remember To remember something, try turning it into a simple rhyme with an easy rhythm. Patterns It's easier to remember numbers and shapes if you can see a pattern. Look at numbers and see if there's a pattern on how they could be grouped together. It makes sense People find different ways of remembering things by using their senses. Some repeat words to themselves - recalling the sound. Others need to see something written down, while others rely on smell or touch. Combining your senses could help you remember more.

Invent mnemonics Recall facts by using mnemonics - rhymes, sayings or special tricks that help you remember.

Examples of these are: Stalagmites and Stalactites - StalaGmites come up from the Ground and StalaCtites hang from the Ceiling.

Elephants - Africans have lArge ears and Indians have lIttle ears Stationary and Stationery - Envelopes are a type of stationEry. When they are PARKED, cARs are stationARy.

elephant? Tightening or loosening a valve or screw - Righty tighty, lefty loosie.

Rainbows - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain. ? How to Remember (Almost) Everything, Ever, by Rob Eastaway, is published by Portico (PS9.99).

Are you losing your memory? Try answering these questions: A man lived in a bungalow and everything inside was painted pink.

1. So what colour was the carpet? 2. What colour was the microwave? 3. What colour were his windows? 4. What colour were the stairs? Hopefully you didn't answer Pink to Question 4.

There were no stairs. Did you forget he lived in a bungalow? Sometimes we need a trigger to remember a memory - whether it's an object, smell or a picture. Try answering the following questions - and if you're struggling see the single letter clue.

1. What is the longest river in the world? N 2. What's the name for a female fox? V 3. What's the colour after green and blue in a rainbow? I 4. Which mountain range is Mount Everest in? H 5. Which film featuring a big ship is one of the biggest box office hits of all time? T Using an initial can help you remember things.

If you're struggling to remember someone's name, try going through the alphabet each letter at a time.

When you get to the right initial your brain will probably come up with the name. (Answers: Nile, Vixen, Indigo, Himalayas, Titanic) WHY WE FORGET ? If you don't use it you lose it. To keep a memory, you have to exercise it every so often. ? Feeling worried or stressed can cause you to forget things - so you have to learn to relax. ? Damage to brain cells will lead you to forget things. This could be down to alcohol or drugs or a head injury. Many women say they become more forgetful when pregnant.

A man To help you recall something, you can try turning it into a simple rhyme with an easy rhythm To help you recall something, you can try turning it into a simple rhyme with an easy rhythm ROB EASTAWAY TEST YOURSELF

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