Renowned author, presenter, and memory expert Brad Zupp rarely forgets things. Since 2009, Zupp has been dedicated to testing the limits of his own memory while helping others learn the benefits that come from memory improvement.
Zupp shows both adults and children how to supercharge their memories to improve grades, relationships, productivity, and peace of mind while remembering more of what they see, hear and read. One might even call Brad Zupp a memory athlete; he’s a two-time American record-setter at the World Memory Championships and is going for another record this month.
In Episode 62 of the Hack Learning Podcast, Zupp, author of Unlock Your Amazing Memory, shares 3 surprisingly easy ways to remember things and provides right-now solutions for improving memory at home and in school.
Teachers and learners can’t remember valuable information: It’s not that the brain is incapable of remembering, Zupp explains. Both adults and children struggle to remember because they are often too distracted by outside stimuli and don’t realize where the problem with memory lies. Zupp explains the problem this way:
We have to figure out where we’re struggling. We have to focus. There’s so much going on, and we don’t have a system.
Focus on 3 easy steps tricks: Sure, it’s easy to say, “I need to focus and be more organized,” but Zupp suggests that physical factors can also inhibit memory–things like lack of sleep and stress. If we take care of the physical part, memory can be improved with these 3 hacky steps:
- Focus–Declutter the brain and actually say, “What is it I’m trying to remember”?
- Organize–Create a simple memory system, like self-talk and dialogue with peers about what you want to retain.
- Recall–Once people clear away the distractions and integrate a simple system, recall becomes easy, according to Zupp.
What You Can Do Tomorrow
Teach students to ask, “How am I going to remember that?” According to Zupp, this simple question helps eliminate distractions and focuses kids on what they are attempting to remember. While this may not be possible with every lesson, when there is something new and critical to remember, Zupp recommends a dialogue with students that begins with simply asking them to explain their system for remembering.
Create an internal dialogue. When receiving new information, Zupp says to apply it to a creative, even bizarre, self-dialogue. For example, if you struggle to remember someone’s name, you might tell yourself a story about the name that is so outlandish that it becomes easy to later equate that name to the story and to the face that the name accompanies.
Discuss forgettable information with friends and families. Encourage students to talk about skills and concepts that they learned in school at home with family and with friends. Zupp says that this conversation tells them that it is important and to move the information into long term storage.
Brad Zupp is attempting a new memory record, by memorizing the first 10,000 numbers of Pi. Watch for updates on Twitter at #HackLearning, and on this post in the comment section below.
Brad Zupp is a world-renowned memory expert and author of Unlock Your Amazing Memory. For information about Zupp’s keynote speeches and seminars, coaching, or for memory improvement tips for adults and students, visit www.BradZupp.com. Still need more? Connect with Zupp via Email at Brad@bradzupp.com.
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Author: Mark Barnes
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