Use your S – Senses: there are only five ways to get anything into your brain, and that is through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. When you utilize your senses you experience more of life and you remember more.Our senses help us mentally recreate our world. If you train your senses you will be using more of your brain, and if you learn to engage as many of your senses as you can then you will automatically improve your memory.
Think of a horse: see it in your mind, touch it, smell it, hear it, and even taste it. You didn’t see the letters H.O.R.S.E in your mind; you saw a multisensory picture of what the word represents.
Your senses make mind movies real and memorable. Use them!E – Exaggeration: what is easier to remember: a strawberry that is normal size or one the size of a house? Make your images larger or smaller than life. What is more memorable: an elephant or an elephant wearing a pink bikini?Exaggerate with Humor; tickle your mind. There is no scientific evidence to prove that learning should be serious. Make your images illogical. Have fun; create some positive exaggerated learning memories.E – Energize: give your pictures action. Would you rather watch a movie of your holiday or a slide show? What creates more feeling in your imagination: a horse standing still or a horse that is running and moving?Make your information vivid, colorful, and not boring, flat and black and white.
Use action; it brings life to your memories. Make your images act in illogical ways: you can weave, crash, stick, or wrap things together. We can make things talk, sing, and dance. Think about the great genius Walt Disney.The process of imagination is a fun creative process. The more enjoyment you can put into it the better.When you are reading, or hearing something, focus on all the SEE principles and imagine it is a movie. Even if you don’t use a specific method that you will learn in this book, the SEE principles will improve your concentration.
Emile Coue pointed out that, “When the imagination and the will are in conflict, the imagination always wins.” If you ‘will’ yourself to remember, and your imagination is not on the task, you will have zero retention and recall. Your imagination is the place of all your memory power.Some people say, “This is not the way that I naturally think.” This is not the way that I naturally think either; this is how I have taught myself to think, because it works. The more skilled you become in using your imagination the more you can know, comprehend, and create. In this way, you become the director of your own mind.
How do I turn abstract information into images?We remember nouns and adjectives with ease because they have meaning and we can make a mental picture without much effort. Most abstract words can be made to mean something. Just use a meaningful thought or word to represent a ‘meaningless’ word. Find a word or phrase that sounds the same or similar to the abstract word, or you can break a word up into its individual sounds.
Imagine you had to remember the name Washington; you could turn that word into a picture of you washing a tin. Or, if you had to remember the word Hydrogen you could see a picture of a fire Hydrant drinking gin.You can turn all complex information into something meaningful and memorable by turning it into images. In the beginning it will take a bit of effort on your part. You will have to invest your attention at first and then it will become a habit.
To practise look at words, break them up, make a picture and give it all more meaning. Let us learn a few foreign words for practice. Really imagine each word and create a SEE mini mind movie.