Memorising – How to train our brains to learn efficiently

If you’ve ever been part of the Indian education system, memorising is perhaps your second nature. Singing out the periodic table and learning mnemonics to figure out trigonometry – our schools have trained us well. But it gets more complex as you dive deeper into tough subjects.

Memorising is an important tool to not only ace exams but to keep us mentally active as well. In today’s age, where our attention span has reduced to mere 15 seconds for a Reel, our brains are becoming lazier and losing their ability to retain information for long. It’s becoming harder for us to concentrate, study or pick up a skill with a smartphone in hand. So how does one teach their brains to remember things better and clearly? We train it.

The first thing to understand is what kind of learner you are – visual, auditory or the one that uses kinetic sense. For visual learners – Picturisation, Memory Palaces and writing down things helps in memorising. Auditory learners understand better by associating sounds, rhymes to information or listening to it. While kinetic sense learners use practical experiences to memorise better. It’s important to keep our brains active at all times and therefore one must keep learning new things, forcing oneself to exercise their minds. Learning new languages or picking a new skill or just playing fun games that require concentration like Sudoku also helps keep us mentally active.