While speed reading or even regular reading, one of the biggest challenges to remembering the information. In this article, the world’s fastest reader, Howard Berg, offers speed reading tips for memory. He will focus upon using mnemonics.
Many people erroneously believe that mnemonics are a recent discovery. Actually, they were used by the ancient Greeks, and perfected by the Romans. Mnemonics take advantage of the brain’s ability to chunk large amounts of information into pieces that are easy to learn. Let me give you an example.
Many people learn the colors of the rainbow by using an easy mnemonic: Roy G Biv. Each letter in this name is the first letter of one of the basic colors. Red is R. Orange is O. Yellow is Y. Green is G. Blue is B. Indigo is I. Finally, Violet is V. It takes far less time to memorize Roy G Biv than to memorize all seven colors. Here is how this works.
You can create a mnemonic using the first letter of a grouping of words, or you can create one that uses sentences as the trigger. You can even use a nonsense word to help you remember important facts. I did this while I was in college. I majored in Biology and had to memorize the nine characteristics of a living system. The brain can only remember seven things at a time using rote memory, and my list had 9 elements. Let me show you how I created a mnemonic to accomplish this task.
I created the nonsense word: smm igr sac. Each of the letters in my mnemonic was the first letter of one of the nine characteristics of a living system. Specific organization is S. Metabolism is M. Movement is M. Irritability is I. Growth is G. Reproduction is R. Specialization is S. Adaptation is A. Finally we get to Control which is C. I was able to memorize and retain this nine characteristics in under five minutes in 1968, and I still remember it.
Try experimenting with mnemonics to memorize large lists of material. You will be amazed at how quickly and easily you can store and recall your information.