Get A Perfect Memory Using Free Software

by Neil on December 2, 2010

Memorising information and data is becoming less necessary now that everything we could every possibly need to know is accessible on the internet and just a few clicks away. But there is something to be said for having instant access to certain information from your own mind.

For example, I’m a musician and I often need to memorise scales and chord formulas so that I can become better at improvisation. When I’m jamming with other musicians I don’t have time to check the internet for musical theory. I’m also interested in learning new languages for which I have to memorise many new words in order to increase my vocabulary. The only way to get fluent in a language is to have the words stored in your brain, not relying on reading them from a book or translation software.

In my research into improving my memory I discovered that one of the best methods to getting information into your long term memory is by using a particular kind of spaced repetition. This technique was first discovered in the 1800’s by Hermann Ebbinghaus and involves being prompted to revise a piece of information at precisely (or as close as possible) the time you start to forgetting it. The correct amount of time between revising pieces of information in order to memorise them best can be calculated, but before computers were widespread it was a laborious task to calculate the best revision times. You could spend more time doing the calculations than doing the revision.

But now there is free software available that allows you to automate the whole process. You load the information that you want to learn into the program (there is already a big database of information preloaded, such as anatomy and chemistry information) then spend a couple of minutes going over the information. The software is set up in such a way that it will show you the information you want to memorise at the precise time that you would normally forget. This has been proven to be the best way to store information in your long term memory.

The best software I’ve found so far is called Anki and if you’re interested in more techniques to take your ability to memorize information to the next level then check out these resources: Improve Your Memory.

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