If you want to excel, you need memory improvement software!
It seems only fair that there is memory improvement software, i.e. software specifically designed to aid in memory improvement, but to be honest there really isn’t that much of it about. If you go looking for it, you might be surprised at the relatively small amount there is, but the few programs aimed at memory improvement do the job admirably. They work with the basics, which is all any memory improvement software can do really.
To do more, you, as an individual, have to employ your imagination. You have to learn the basic skills and adapt them to various situations. And you have to embellish them with painstaking detail, using your faculties of imagination and visualisation to create ever more appealing and eye catching scenarios. It’s this dedication to creating an effective and dependable memory system that will do the trick for you. But let’s not forget, the right memory improvement software will help!
Quizlet is an amazing software tool that’s freely available online. It began as the brainchild of a 15-year-old schoolboy (Andrew Sutherland) who was told he needed to learn the names of over 100 animals in French. Not content with the usual learning methods, he decided to make a computer program to help him memorise the list!
Once he got started, he carefully and meticulously wrote the Quizlet program code to assist in learning, well … anything, and the program was released in 2007. The heart of Quizlet is flashcards sets – sets of virtual ‘cards’ with two sides, one that is the ‘answer’ to the other. And you can test yourself in various ways with the flashcards, and even play games as you learn. Quizlet now (2013) contains more than 400 million study sets!
Quizlet continues to innovate. You can now add images to flashcards, making them much more visually appealing. You can also hear the terms spoken now, by clicking on an icon next to the written term, and this is available in any of 18 languages. You can create flashcard sets for your own study, or for your friends or classmates (or for your classes, if you’re a techer). And you can study any flashcard sets that any other Quizlet member has made publicly available.
Quizlet – memory improvement software at its best!
Quizlet is one of the most innovative and successful study apps on the web, and quite possibly the best. You can study anything you like, and find it amongst literally millions of sets available for your use. It makes learning fun, and almost addictive! If you like learning, or at least the idea of learning, and you haven’t tried Quizlet yet, you’re missing out.
2Know Mnemonic Software
This is a really smart piece of memory improvement software. It helps you change numbers into something more easily memorable, using the Major System. You just put a number in and see what comes up. You can specify that the program starts work from the left (i.e. at the beginning of the number), or the right, or at any random point. In short, you supply the numbers, 2Know supplies the words.
From the words suggested (there will be many, if you care to dig deep into the list!), you choose which ones make some kind of sense (or, better still, nonsense!). And there you have it – a phrase, easily memorised, that can be quickly translated back into the number you started with.
A great way to come up with clever and appropriate words and phrases for long numbers, and a brilliant way to get used to using the Major System.
Winner of numerous software awards and accolades, 2Know, by the way, is freeware. Completely free, no licence required. Although the author of the software would appreciate a picture postcard! I’m sure you can manage that 😉
What users are saying about 2Know:
“Excellent work! I’m using it with my children to help them remember numeric data.”
“When I saw your download, I couldn’t believe it! It’s great! “
And what 2Know is saying about real-memory-improvement.com:
Thank you, Elliott, your kind words are much appreciated!
Pinfruit is another example of memory improvement software that also works with the Major System to help you come up with the right words to memorise long numbers. You simply start to input the numbers, and the program immediately starts to spew out possible words. If you choose one as appropriate, you can delete that part of the number and carry on, coming up with another word.
The words you come up with depend on what you’re remembering the number for, and how they can be connected in some way to the other words. So the phrase is always personal to you, and quite probably suggestive of the thing the number is connected to.
There are simple instructions at the side of of the screen, so you can suss out how to use it. The program is online – there’s nothing to download. And it’s free. Simple to use, and always just a few keystrokes away (specially if you’ve bookmarked the site)!
There are plenty of crosswords. jigsaws and other puzzles on this site, and others. These types of things (brain games) are good for improving the memory; they’re interesting and challenging, and (very importantly) they can be a lot of fun. This is just the kind of thing that exercises your brain and keeps your memory ‘supple’.
When you tackle crosswords, for example, you’re not faced with a list of simple yes/no type questions; you have to think laterally, and let your mind wander. You have to be willing to examine the ideas and connections that are being formed at the outer reaches of your inner world. It’s almost like doing a jigsaw with words and clues instead of oddly shaped pieces. Except in this case the pieces keep changing shape!
This is largely the reason why crosswords are so enduringly popular. To anyone not really familiar with them they might seem boring, dry as dust, and not really the stuff of which entertainment is made. But for afficionados of crosswords, they present endless entertainment, challenges that are both teasing to tackle and rewarding to meet, and the prospect of triumphantly filling in the answer to that final, deceptive clue.
Most people assume that losing your memory (or at least mislaying it occasionally) is all just part of growing older. In fact, if you keep interested in things and develop new interests there’s every chance your memory will stay sharp as you get older. It can even get better, as Tony Buzan claims, since it’s being regularly used and exercised.
With this site, and other memory improvement resources, you’ll never be short of brain games to keep your mind occupied. Whether it’s crosswords, jigsaws, brain teasers or some other brain games, you’ll be putting your brain through its daily workout.
Stay interested in life; enjoy brain games and puzzles, read, surf the Web, take up a creative hobby, learn a new language, keep socially active. Do something that will exercise your brain, and it will most likely stay as sharp as a pin!
The Mnemoniciser is a mnemonic device device (no, that’s not a typo … I’m sure I make my fair share of those but that’s not one of them)! It’s quite a useful software tool that helps you create a mnemonic device, if the need arises. You simply input the initial letters and see what word suggestions pop up for each one. It won’t come up with any dazzlingly original mnemonics on its own, it will just suggest words, and it’s up to you to select appropriate ones and combine them intelligently.
As I said, the mnemoniciser doesn’t replace your own creativity, but if you’ve tried to think of a mnemonic for a certain phrase or list of words, and come up empty, then this might just be what you’re looking for. Incidentally, it’s part of the NASA website, and I suspect they know what they’re talking about!
This is a great site about randomness and statistics, and presents you with several free services, some of which can be quite useful with regard to improving your memory. Below, you’ll find listed a few of the free services, and explanations of how they can be used.
The List Randomizer at random.org is a cleverly designed little application that you can use for all kinds of different things. For memory improvement purposes, however, the main one is creating a randomised list from a list you’ve created (it’s hardly a great test of your memory if you only ever try to recall a list of items in order!)
You just enter a list of numbers, or phone numbers, or names, or whatever you like, and click the Randomize button, and pretty soon you’re presented with a truly random list (or as close to random as you’re likely to get – true randomness is not such as straightforward concept as you might think, and you have to settle for a sort of pseudo-randomness, but for most purposes that’s perfectly fine).
List Randomizer can handle up to 10,000 items in a single list, so I’m fairly confident that it can handle any lists you’re likely to feed into it!
Random Password Generator
All you have to do is specify how many characters the passwords should contain, and of course how many passwords you want. Just hit the Get Passwords button and you’ll be presented with them in just a few moments. As a bonus, they will not contain characters or digits that are easily mistaken for each other, e.g., ‘1’ (the digit one) and ‘l’ (lowercase L).
Random Integer Set Generator
You might want to use the Random Integer Set Generator to randomly select a set of numbers for the Lottery. If so, specify that you want 6 numbers, and that they should be in the range 1 to 49. If the numbers you want are for a different draw (or a different purpose altogether), you can choose how many numbers in each list, and in what range.
Lottery Quick Pick
Random Calendar Date Generator
If you’re practising learning to memorise the calendar, then the Random Calendar Date Generator can help. All you need to do is specify a range (from one date to another) and how many dates you want listed. The date generator will work with any dates from 15 October 1582 (the first day of the Gregorian calendar) to 31 December 3000 (the last day of the 3rd millennium).
The Random Calendar Date Generator will only provide valid calendar dates, so you don’t need to worry about trying to put the correct day of the week to the 32nd of January or the 30th of February! The generator won’t throw you any ‘curve balls’!
Playing Card Shuffler
If you’re practising memorising playing cards, the Playing Card Shuffler could be very useful to you. If you just want to see one playing card, uncheck ‘Show remaining cards face down’ and ‘Show cards as text instead of images’. Then all you will see each time you hit Draw Cards will be a single card.
You could spend a few minutes at your keyboard every once in a while just clicking the button and seeing a new card each time. As you see each one, try to come up with the relevant image (I’m assuming you will have assigned easily visualised images to all the cards). After a while, you’ll be able to easily think in terms of the ‘new’ characters or images for each card, rather than just the numbers and suits.
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