Develop your senses

Students start school with different backgrounds. Some are very good at remembering things such as the number of the classroom. When told what the classroom sign is, a person with a strong visual strategy will move the eyes up to the left (some people to the right side) and make a visual picture of the door with the number sign. This student will easily get to the right room the next day. – Another student from the same class might move the eyes down at the floor when the information about the classroom is given. This student will not be able to remember the classroom sign.

Visual skill

To develop visual acuity and memory, you can have fun working with another person. Let us call you X and Y. X tells Y to put a few things on the table, look at them, and move the eyes up to left to remember the position of the items. Y then closes the eyes while X moves one of the items. Y now opens the eyes and guesses what has been moved. Most people remember best when moving the eyes up to the left. For some people it works better to move the eyes up to the right side.

Auditory skill

To develop auditory memory and recognition you can work in pairs. X tells Y to place some items on a table and make a different sound for each item and straight after say the name of the item (for example clap hands, then say “apple”, snap fingers, then say “book” etc.) When X finds he or she can identify each item by the sound assigned to it, Y closes the eyes. X then makes the sound connected to the items at random, and Y guesses what the item is.

Kinesthetic skill

To strengthen your kinesthetic sense (feeling), you can have fun in pairs. X tells Y to grab different items and touch the same spot (for example one of the knuckles) with the items while saying the name of the item. When X finds he or she can identify each item by the touch assigned to it, Y closes the eyes. X then makes the touch connected to the items at random, and Y guesses what the item is.

People often say they don’t have a good memory. They can easily remember the very first day on their first job, or what the weather was like on their wedding day. The reason for having a vivid memory of these events is because the event was a landmark linked to other details in your mind. When experiences become repeats they don’t stand out as for example the weather on the wedding day. To strengthen your memory do new things and go new places.

When we experience something it involves our senses. The more senses that are involved, the easier it becomes to recall an experience. Use both sides of the brain to improve your memory. You can add colour and sensory descriptions, act out what to recall, add emotions and be outrageous. When you strengthen your senses and use all of them you will find that life is so much easier. Enjoy developing your senses and your memory.

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