Below you'll find reviews of the books and audio programs I have purchased that deal with improving your memory.
Format: Softcover book, 288 pages. List price: $10.17.
The author, Dr. Kenneth Higbee, is a university professor with decades of experience teaching memory improvement. To understand how memory works, you really don't need any other source than this one.
One of the amazing things about this book is all the questions about memory that Dr. Higbee answers. For instance, there is an entire chapter just on common myths about memory such as "Some people are stuck with bad memories" and "Remembering too much can clutter your mind".
Then, he goes on to answer questions many people have about memory, such as:
That's just the beginning, too. The next several chapters of the book covers basic principles about learning such as meaningfulness, organization, association, and attention; effective study skills; and the different mnemonics memory tricks.
The remaining chapters explain the powerful mental filing techniques (memory systems). For each system, such as the journey method, peg method, and link method, Dr. Higbee explains how and when to use the method and whether it is effective. He also includes examples.
This book is much more scholarly than other memory improvement books. Dr. Higbee backs up every point with results from research studies. The scientific citations in this book make the book very credible and informative.
The only drawback is that since this book is so scholarly, it contains fewer examples and no practice pages compared to other memory books. For that reason, I recommend that in addition to this book, you also pick up "The Memory Book" by Harry Lorayne. That way, you will have a well-rounded understanding of how memory works plus detailed practice with the memory techniques.
Format: Softcover book, 180 pages. List price $14.99.
Are you a student? If you have trouble remembering your class material or simply want learning to be easier, you must check out Super Memory, Super Student: How to Raise Your Grades in 30 Days by Harry Lorayne. This book takes memory skills like the link and peg methods and explains how you can use them to master classes like chemistry, biology, math, English, and even paleontology!
Lorayne was very unhappy with his memory as a child and was severely punished by his father when he made bad grades. As a result, he became highly motivated to find ways to better remember his school material.
The result? An entire stable of memory tools that any student like you can use and that are very effective. As Lorayne says in this book,
My memory systems will make your understanding deeper, your learning capacity larger, your joy of learning keener.
This book will help you more than many similar books for one simple reason: Lorayne breaks down his memory techniques by school subject. In addition, he explains the memory skills in plain words. He also gives you many examples of the skills being used with every subject from Algebra to Vocabulary.
The book is filled with practice exercises, too, so you can really master the memory techniques until they become second nature. An absolute must-have book if you are a student who has trouble remembering your course work.
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