This is a problem for many people, I think: Where did I put my keys? You lurch about the house, trying to remember all the rooms that you have been in since you came home, trying to puzzle out which horizontal surface you left them on… or maybe they slipped down the back of something.
WHERE ARE MY KEYS?
There are two solutions to this problem, one solution is quite practical and pragmatic and the other solution involves learning a bit about how our memory works and how best to use it to remember things.
According to Google Adwords, more than 1,100 people a month search the Internet wanting to know how to remember the cranial nerves. This is a bit of a specialist subject, only really relevant to medical and dental students, but I thought it might be useful if I ran through a method that you can use to memorize the cranial nerves, to help put these students out of their misery! The cranial nerves, by the way, are nerves that emerge from your brain and serve various functions.
Years ago, I trained to be a Dental Surgeon and I can still remember the names of the twelve cranial nerves, which are as follows:
And the secret of how to remember the cranial nerves, in my case quite spectacularly , I think (having learned the cranial nerves over 30 years ago!) is to use an acrostic, which is a mnemonic device – a memory technique – based on remembering a memorable sentence where the 1st letter of each of the words is the same as the first letter of each of the words that you need to remember.
Let me give you an example.
According to Google Adwords, nearly 1,500 people a month search the Internet wanting to know how to remember the order of the planets so I thought it might be useful if I ran through a couple of methods that you can use to memorize the planets, to help put all these people out of their misery!
Here is a list of the planets to begin with, in order from the closest to the sun to the furthest from the sun:
I realise that Pluto has now been demoted and is no longer classed as a planet, but it feels wrong not to include it!
I’m very pleased to be able to announce that “Turbo-Charge Your Memory: 10 steps to excellent recall & exam success” is now available on Amazon: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and in other countries too.
If you would like to order your copy by this route, or send a friend a link so that they can order their copy there, here are the links that you need:
Kindle version is available too
After a whole day of html coding, which I am pleased that I will not be doing again for a while, Turbo-Charge Your Memory is now available in Kindle format, and here are the links that you need:
For Kindle in other countries, just log into your local Amazon and search for “Turbo Charge Your Memory”.
This image to the left here just about sums up how I have felt during a lot of the time when I was writing “Turbo-Charge Your Memory: 10 steps to excellent recall and exam success“, for adult learners! I do have rather more hair above my ears than this chap, though.
Writing this book has been quite an experience, during which I have discovered my incredible ability to procrastinate.
First I was waiting for the perfect chunk of time in which to write sections of the book. Perfect chunks of time never materialised because there were always distractions, always other things that were competing for my attention. So after weeks where I just had “no time” I decided to proceed with the amount of time that I did had available, working on the book as and when the time presented itself, even if that was 15 minutes. And that worked quite well.