Attention, and association, respectively, and acquaint yourself with these important principles in the memory improvement. The natural method, which requires work, patience and practice, is the only true method for memory improvement.
There is no Royal Road to Memory. According to the well-established psychological law, the development of the memory depends upon the practice along certain scientific lines. Those who hope for a sure “short cut” will be disappointed, for none such exists.
The Halleck says that, The student should not to be dissatisfied to find that memory is no exemption to the rule of improvement by proper systematic and long continued exercise.
For the improvement of the muscle or mind, there is no royal road, no short cut. But the student who follows the Psychological rules may know that he is walking in the shortest path, and not wandering aimlessly about.
The person will advance much faster than those without chart, compass, or pilot using these psychological rules. He will find mnemonics of extremely limited use. Improvement comes by orderly steps. We should expect solid results from the methods that dazzle at first sight.
Attention And Concentration
The qualification for good memory is the improvement of the attention, and shortage in this respect means shortage not only in the field of memory but also in the general field of mental work.
We can find a constant repetition of the injunction to cultivate the faculty of attention and concentration in all branches of The New Psychology.
Halleck says that, at the root of many bad memories, lack of clarity of opinion lies. The first step has been taken toward insuring a good memory, if opinion is definite. If the first impression is vivid, its effect upon the brain cells is more lasting.
All persons have to practice their visualizing power. Visualization power will react upon opinion and make it more clear and definite. Visualizing will also form a brain habit of remembering things pictorially, and hence it gives clearer view.
The subject of association must also receive its proper share of attention, for it is by means of association that the stored away records of the memory may be recovered or re-collected.
As Blackie says: “Nothing helps the mind so much as order and classification. Classes are few, individuals many: to know the class well is to know what is most essential in the character of the individual, and what burdens the memory least to retain.”
And with regards to the association by relation, Halleck says that, it is far easier to remember facts, whenever we can discover any relation between them. The intelligent law of memory may be summed up in these words: Effort to link by some thought relation each new mental acquisition to an old one.
With the help of relations of similarity, whole and part, cause and effect, or by any logical relation, connect new facts to other facts and we shall find that a host of related ideas will flow into the mind when an idea occurs to us.
Relevant illustrations will suggest themselves, if we wish to prepare a speech or write an article on any subject. The person whose memory is merely contiguous will wonder how we think of them.
Then acquaint yourself with the secret of memoryâ€”the subconscious region of the mind, in which the records of memory are kept, stored away and indexed, and in which the little mental office-boys are busily at work. This will give you the key to the method.