How to triple your memory by using this trick | Ricardo Lieuw On | TEDxHaarlem

  • Published on Dec 11, 2017
  • Do you recall studying for your exams? You probably do. But do you remember how you studied, how you memorized French words or the year of the American civil war? Now, thatโ€™s probably harder. As a teenager, Ricardo Lieuw On was packing groceries when he knew what he wanted to study: he wanted to learn about learning. He picked up a study in psychology and learned how to reduce his learning time from 3 hours to 1 hour on the same piece of content. He gained the same knowledge in 200% less time. And specially for TEDxHaarlem, he shares the secret of his technique.
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Comments • 5 613

  • Year ago +2163

    I could only memorise 4 of 10 items on my first attempt. Then i watched the rest of the video, and learned how to triple my memory. Now i can remember twelve out of ten.

    • Day ago

      @Tej Somani Have been meaning to reply to your comment for some time...
      ...But I keep forgetting to do it.

    • Day ago

      @Rajib Chowdhury Recall what?๐Ÿ˜€

    • Daniel Pam
      Daniel Pam Month ago

      I also only got 4 in the beginning!!! ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ

    • Tej Somani
      Tej Somani Month ago

      @Dave Leori Donbo finally you understand sarcasm

    • Rajib Chowdhury
      Rajib Chowdhury Month ago

      How long. Can you recall now?

  • Forever Young
    Forever Young 7 months ago +1159

    Short summary:
    - When you imagine bizarre stories it becomes a lot easier to remember.
    - If you tie this stories with place where you know very well (like your body or room) memorizing things on order become a lot easier.
    - Everyone can improve yourself by experimenting (your age is doesn't matter)
    - Find a new different methods to improve yourself and applying it in your life to see how it work for you.
    - With experiments in your life you will be better not only in particular skill, but also it skill to learn new thing. It will impact to your hobbies, work, relationships - to all you life.

    • S.Baskara Vishnu
      S.Baskara Vishnu 13 days ago

      Many thanks

    • Phani naidu
      Phani naidu Month ago

      @Agustin yeah imagination is really good i accept it but , understanding much more important because knowledge we learn must apply somewhere and used in different scenarios for that memorisation will not help you ...
      Any way thank ....

    • Agustin
      Agustin Month ago

      @Phani naidu It is helpful, it helps you remember properties that may apply with a given problem.

    • Professor X
      Professor X Month ago

      @Phani naidu India

    • Phani naidu
      Phani naidu Month ago

      @Professor X where are you from ??

  • Gloryah B
    Gloryah B 10 months ago +221

    The first time through was easier for me and I got all 10 correct. My method: I broke up the words into 3 groups of three and then the last word by itself. (Much easier to remember small groups than one long list). I repeated each group several times in my head to get the order down and visualized each word in the group.
    ๐Ÿง”๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿงฅ ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿšซ ๐Ÿ“…๐Ÿฅ๐ŸฅŠ. โ›ฝ๏ธ
    1st group, (Beard object jacket). 2nd group (secret edge nothing)
    3rd group (date band punch)
    And gas โ›ฝ๏ธ at the end to fuel the whole idea.

    • Ananya M
      Ananya M 5 days ago

      @Rami Al Johi what works for neurotypicals will never work for us ๐Ÿ˜ญ I started wondering abt why john threw the sun at my feet and why the Mcdonald owner was shooting light at me and lost concentration too many times.

    • ItzJobenGMR
      ItzJobenGMR 14 days ago

      I did the same but only got 6 right

    • pikachu
      pikachu 21 day ago

      Yeah i did the same thing lol

    • Julia Markus
      Julia Markus Month ago

      Yes, this worked for me too, thank you! Much easier and faster than trying to come up with bizarre/memorable visualizations.

    • Kamal Morjal
      Kamal Morjal 2 months ago

      This made me chuckle... "gas at the end to fuel the whole idea" :)
      This is the most clutter-free way to memorise things.

  • John Anderson
    John Anderson 10 months ago +509

    Iโ€™m 75 and I love to keep learning and growing. One word of caution though: there is not one single method, including yours, that works for everyone.
    There is no single best way. A lot depends on being able to imagine and then finding your own way, as you found yours. These may be tools we can all use, but they are not the only way it happens, and for some people, maybe not the best.

    • Miracles of nearly everything
      Miracles of nearly everything Month ago

      @Jack Reacher I have too much visual memory

    • Soo Tuck Choong
      Soo Tuck Choong 2 months ago

      Sometimes I go to the supermarket, and there I was wondering what I intended to buy!

    • Sharon Arruda
      Sharon Arruda 2 months ago

      Accurate. Also, I was trying to memorize the first list by using a story and just felt rushed. If I had endless time to consider the words, I would have managed better.

    • Yoga Bliss Dance
      Yoga Bliss Dance 3 months ago

      @Landon Eaves Thank you! I saw that same issue with his comment and wrote a response below.

    • Yoga Bliss Dance
      Yoga Bliss Dance 3 months ago

      Wrong. These techniques were used by Romans, Greeks, aboriginals and even up to the Renaissance era to remember VAST amounts of info. He didn't invent these methods. Strange you seem to be arguing for limitations. He gave a SAMPLE there are other ways, ways to tweak this to make it way more memorable than brute memorization.

  • Jimmy
    Jimmy 3 years ago +6399

    Very helpful, thank you! My memory effectively tripled: 0x3=0

    • Day ago +1

      Well said Sir. Your mastery of memory and arithmetic is worth at least thirteen and a half out of eleven.

    • Invest Journal
      Invest Journal 8 days ago

      Still, you practiced some math

    • Alpha Centauriโœจ
      Alpha Centauriโœจ 21 day ago

      Very funny๐Ÿ˜†

    • Bernadette Eisenhower
      Bernadette Eisenhower 27 days ago


    • Gabes PPOV
      Gabes PPOV Month ago

      Funny. Alzheimerโ€™s is Not funny. Itโ€™s horrific!
      You had 1 before, not โ€œ0โ€. 1x3=3 --is still an incorrect mathematical expressionโ€ฆat least itโ€™s not a pessimistic one =]

  • F52 _
    F52 _ 6 months ago +105

    This is a good method for memorising lists of unrelated items, but it doesnโ€™t account for the fact that most things that we learn are also first UNDERSTOOD, not just memorised. In fact, understanding what you want to remember is the first step that you should do.

    • Juvy Eleda
      Juvy Eleda 18 days ago

      Yes, this is so true. While the video gives tips on how to memorize, F52's point is very valid. It is important to understand not simply memorize.

    • soularwave
      soularwave 5 months ago +1

      Self-awareness + growth mindset

    • F52 _
      F52 _ 5 months ago +2

      @Ango Nuts oh, that's true! I still think that he should have spent more time showing different possibilities though

    • Ango Nuts
      Ango Nuts 5 months ago +3

      You havent got the point of the video. By doing that he tried to explain that there's not only one way to learn, but there's many ways an the only way to find those out is to experiment and find the methods that best suit you.

  • danos
    danos 11 months ago +224

    Best way to literally memorize entire books with enough patience and a bit of imagination: visualise what you're reading. Like really visualise what is that you're reading and make connections. Try it with this video by visualizing and connecting every word to a whole.

    • Parth Kasar
      Parth Kasar Month ago

      @Andres Bados ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    • SubconsciousLight
      SubconsciousLight 6 months ago +2

      Wait thats only way i have read my whole life, to understand what i read.... is there other ways to read???

    • Diet Dr. Kelp 6000
      Diet Dr. Kelp 6000 8 months ago +9

      Canโ€™t. Aphantasia.

    • Andres Bados
      Andres Bados 8 months ago +7

      @r_1901 i memorized my birthday

    • r_1901
      r_1901 9 months ago +1

      Memorized the entire script of Casablanca.

  • Paul Vernitsky
    Paul Vernitsky Year ago +12

    I remember everything I see and hear. Retaining knowledge is no issue for me. Getting peace of mind is. Everything echos including pain as if it happened yesterday, yet itโ€™s been years. Absolutely everything! Including the good too! I can also read 2,000+ words per min.

    • TJ Botha
      TJ Botha 2 months ago +1

      Peace of mind is only things to remember... 1=Become aware that you do not have peace of mind without reasoning about it (just be a witness of it) 2-accrpt it, be ok with it at this very moment and 3-make an intention to be grateful of your mentioned talents whenever you catch yourself not having peace of mind. This may be useful. You use uncomfortable suffering to make you conscious of the present moment or in other words, you suffer free willingly.

    • Nafis Ahmed Arnob
      Nafis Ahmed Arnob Year ago +2

      please teach me how to do it

  • Syed Azhar Hussain Shah

    You came as a blessing. I was having hard time with memorising. But your trick made it easier. I hope it will help me crack my exams. InshahAllah.
    Thanks a lot...!!!

  • dominicfields
    dominicfields Month ago

    On the first exercise I remembered 7, I missed a block of three words. From the second exercise without being lead I probably remembered around the same amount. I found this video after changing job to somewhere I need to remember companies, names and places and improve my retention. I think this is more effective for revision for exams and not short term memory.

  • Jenson Alex
    Jenson Alex Year ago +25

    25years back, my brother memorized his high school exams through 1st letter short-coding or this kind of picturization-story building / mind imaging
    I followed this technique too to score as topper
    Time plays a role to showcase the latter people take credit of this ancient technique๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Prinz Aeri Zack
    Prinz Aeri Zack Year ago +1381

    Him: remember this 10 words in order
    Me: trying to remember it
    My brain: don't you even dare think about that

  • Ace Ar Jr
    Ace Ar Jr Year ago +81

    As people in crowd stood up i stood up too ..cause this legend really deseves an a huge applause

  • yousaf safi
    yousaf safi 2 years ago +5267

    Conclusion: Use visualisation and images to learn, whatever u learn relate it with Something interesting.

    • Digital Cafe Lofi
      Digital Cafe Lofi 2 months ago

      Do you know that lofi music helps your brain to focus while studying or working and can actually improve productivity? Give it a try!

    • LetsTalk TV
      LetsTalk TV 5 months ago +1

      @Tony T I did get my permit. The teachers at the training site were extremely mean and was wishing for me to fail the final time but your response I took and applied it and I passed. Man the teachers were so upset lol a week later I was released from the training site because of one of the trainers got in their feelings. A month after I was released the entire training site was shut down due to illegal activity and all the students had to find their way back to their hometown. Everthing happened on purpose even though I wanted to drive trucks. But know I'm doing something far more better than driving trucks I'm walking with Jesus and doing things that bring internal fulfillment and purpose. All the bad things worked out for my good and God was protecting me through it all.

    • sayyam zahid
      sayyam zahid 5 months ago

      @LetsTalk TV Chris Kyle

    • sayyam zahid
      sayyam zahid 5 months ago

      @Major Merc belo

    • sayyam zahid
      sayyam zahid 5 months ago

      I live in Karachi Pakistan and I like your comment send 10 month old

  • Shad Reyaz
    Shad Reyaz 2 months ago

    I'm already using this method since childhood. This method is especially helpful in rote learning. "A new way of approaching something old " Thank you, sir!

  • flash522gp
    flash522gp 9 months ago +1

    Well done, Ricardo. Clearly, many of my fellow commentators have mastered The Art of Breaking Stones, and some of us have developed The Art of Comedy to an extent (but let's not go and quit our day jobs JUST YET, y'all!). Kidding aside, folks, I hope you all had fun watching and listening, and were able to take Ricardo's final thoughts, which I found truly interesting and worthwhile, into account.

  • Chris Chan
    Chris Chan Year ago +3856

    โ€œTriple my memory?โ€ Bro 0x3 is still 0

  • zhang huanhuan
    zhang huanhuan 7 months ago +16

    I only memorised 5 words for the first time round and the second time round I did indeed memorise a whole lot more. It worked so well.

    • Son Hak
      Son Hak 4 months ago

      @sayyam zahid uhm, what? Lol

    • sayyam zahid
      sayyam zahid 5 months ago

      @Son Hak Cairo dindori madhya

    • sayyam zahid
      sayyam zahid 5 months ago

      I live in Karachi Pakistan and I like your comment

    • Son Hak
      Son Hak 7 months ago +1

      lol seym
      tho i only memorized 6 out of 10 words in the first round

  • Hasham Wahaj
    Hasham Wahaj 2 years ago +72

    Memorizing while studying is not a good habit but understanding it. When you learn/understand it, it is automatically saved in your brain.

    • Alex
      Alex 25 days ago

      Some things just need to memorized, no need to understand e.g. some phone numbers or an address.

    • roin makoni
      roin makoni Month ago +1

      You can understand and still forget. Memory techniques are important esp if you are going to be tested

    • rk_ rapsina
      rk_ rapsina 4 months ago +2

      understanding the concept is important but thing is if we want to score the exam paper we should memorize it bcuz understanding and memorizing concept it depend on subject .for mathematics we don't need memorize just understand the concept it's ok bt for literature we want to memeroize all the notes.including full stop .

    • sj surya cuts
      sj surya cuts Year ago +1

      I agree but i understand the topic deeply but i forget this is my habit or? But i use mind palace technique this was very effect

    • Holy Cannoli
      Holy Cannoli 2 years ago +3

      Yes, this is a very important concept and how I did well in school, but can't remember my own life well. There are good times for this method though.

    BOREN HU 6 months ago +13

    Good idea. I think Ted is really a good platform for me to see many excellent people's speeches. They often teach some very practical skills or introduce new things. Thank you for your video and sharing.

    • sayyam zahid
      sayyam zahid 5 months ago

      I live in Karachi Pakistan and I like your comment if you don't mind

  • Pasideon Witne
    Pasideon Witne 25 days ago

    I was amazed when I came across this video . Am currently in University I was in Primary school doing 7th grade when I came up with this idea of memorizing where I tell a story in my head just like what he did or if I could only remember the first letters of probably all 10 words and yeah, it just sticks with me until now ๐Ÿ˜Š.

  • GANESH RAJA Dhanuskodi
    GANESH RAJA Dhanuskodi 2 months ago

    This has to be experimented for different types of subject we wish to learn. Very useful

  • Kritika Jaiswal
    Kritika Jaiswal 8 days ago

    I was able to remember 9/10 words in the first attempt because I knew the strategy he explained later on. I had read this in a book when I was in class 4th I guess. In the book we had to remember 30 items and use our house as an example to fit every item at every corner of the house. I still remember few of the items from the list. This actually works great.

  • S N
    S N 5 months ago +4

    This is a good video about memory power improvement.
    In real life scenario, when you meet group of people in which more than 2 persons first name is same and their last name may e different, it would be difficult to remember their names. Especially this might have come across many of us during the teleconference/face to face meeting
    During that time , Concertante on your valuable points rather then spending effort on calling people on their names.
    However good approach in the meeting is that to call the people in their names.

  • Prepperjon PNW
    Prepperjon PNW 5 months ago +1

    Whenever you connect a piece of information to something meaningful you will remember it much easier. Think of stories about your childhood and how easy it is to remember stuff. Also thereโ€™s nothing wrong with rote memorisation it worked for people like Einstein, and Newton. As an example of the stories way of remembering I remember our telephone number from when I was 12 years old. I also remember the phone number of a large winery in our area lol why? Because it was one digit off of our number. We would get people dialling the wrong number all the time. So I remember my number, the wineryโ€™s number and the name of that winery lol. This is how people remember things better than any other way. Also, itโ€™s easier to remember things if you stop relying on technology to do it for you. This translates to or spills over into other areas of life. Its ironic but the more you rely upon technology the dumber you get lol. When I was a teenager I new the telephone number of my house, my best friends house, plus about a dozen girls phone numbers lol. Why? Because I had to lol. Today I routinely have to look into my phone for my own phone number when filling out forms lol. Why? Because I donโ€™t have to remember any numbers theyโ€™re all in my phone lol. I actually donโ€™t know the number of the landline at my house lol why? Because itโ€™s in my favouriteโ€™s list which is basically speed dial. I hit the button that says home and it dials for me. So if I donโ€™t have my phone Iโ€™m lost and confused lol. We are all relying on technology way to much to our detriment. Iโ€™ve gone back to writing everything down in a notebook and Iโ€™ve discovered that Iโ€™m getting my memory skills back. I am able to remember things concerning my other activities in life and also peoples names and phone numbers as well as birthdays and other special things without my phone lol. Just by writing something down with a pen or pencil I commit it to my memory better than if I just input it into my phone. Try it and see if you find your brain working better. See your brain is like any other muscle if you donโ€™t use it or exercise it, it will atrophy and not work as well as you would like. Iโ€™m finding my vocabulary is getting back to where it used to be which is full of really interesting words that I can use in all sorts of ways and people think Iโ€™m way smarter than I really am lol. I want to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year ๐Ÿฅณ

  • sushrut sarmah
    sushrut sarmah 11 months ago +2

    I am using this technique since childhood. Great way to memorize

  • Elsie Nyangor
    Elsie Nyangor 7 months ago

    I have to say that I watched this for the first time months ago and it helped. I get a lot more compliments on my memory. This is my little secret!

  • Elsie Nyangor
    Elsie Nyangor 7 months ago +2

    Give this man a medal, he changed my life!

    • Wanda Young
      Wanda Young 7 months ago +1

      @Elsie Nyangor Really? I. Gonna give it a try then. Thanks Sis!

    • Elsie Nyangor
      Elsie Nyangor 7 months ago +1

      @Wanda Young yes it did. I get compliments about my memory so much more now. I thought I had no memory.

    • Wanda Young
      Wanda Young 7 months ago

      Did it work for you?

  • Selene Gama
    Selene Gama 2 months ago +1

    This is easier for a dyslexic person: everything for us has image and own logical explanation to our brain. We don't need to memorize, we captchure the moment as an image or any creative way that we see it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lucciana Dรฉbora Chambilla Mamani

    It is so inspiring the art of learning ๐Ÿ˜. Thank you :D

  • Luis Daniel Ocampo Zaragoza

    Tienes que aprender las cosas de diferente forma , quizรก hay muchas cosas que puedes hacer mรกs fรกcilmente , prรกcticamente tienes que imaginar en tu mente lo que quieres memorizar pero contรกndote una historia y tรบ debes estar como buen observador viendo cada detalle de lo que empiezas a imaginar.

  • Z
    Z 2 years ago +3268

    Him: with all the technologies around, why do we need to memorize?
    Med school: *I happened to exist*

    • Sir7Lemons
      Sir7Lemons Day ago

      Ah the truth has been spoken. Watching this while I have year 3 exams in 45 days

    • CallMeAsta
      CallMeAsta 7 days ago


    • Digital Cafe Lofi
      Digital Cafe Lofi 2 months ago

      Do you know that lofi music helps your brain to focus while studying or working and can actually improve productivity? Give it a try!

    • Fatima reza Faria
      Fatima reza Faria 6 months ago +2

      Yep.. Like how do I make pictures out of all the names of muscles, nerves, their locations etc etc

    • doc ash
      doc ash 7 months ago +1

      ๐Ÿ’ฏ bro...thats what i was thinking
      Still memorising
      Anaesthesia drugs. ๐Ÿ˜‚
      And watching this video as a break

  • Jacquelyn Sauriol
    Jacquelyn Sauriol 8 months ago +3

    I used a similar kind of trick in jr high, to memorize all the countries in Africa. A long story sentences that was
    in and of itself meaningless, but was key to the country names north to south. Ahh, sweet validation.

  • Jeanette Lillo-stenberg
    Jeanette Lillo-stenberg 9 months ago +15

    It was really nice to listen to the sounds of the audience when they startet talking to each other,in about 2 minutts into this video, I dont know why,but it just made me feel happy. The sounds of engaged humans when they just play and relax, thats a good sound!

    • Jay Banks
      Jay Banks 8 months ago +1

      I get you, its so much better living near a large stadium packed over the weekend. like white noise. comforting knowing your surrounded and not alone I guess, or it only feels like that

  • subramanyam k
    subramanyam k Month ago

    Awesome.. it certainly works to recollect by using this technique.. thanks much

  • Shubha Arun Kumar
    Shubha Arun Kumar 6 months ago

    Very inspiring & interesting ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • Andrew Ehab
    Andrew Ehab 8 days ago

    The visualization is a great method especially for those with good imagination, I was already using it without knowing in the first 10 words and got them all right, plus making the words groups , in the first 5 words i imagined myself wearing a jacket, so i took it from my face downwards, my "beard" is an "object" and i am wearing a "jacket" which has a "secret" pocket and "edge" then the next 3 and said to myself no one (nothing) will "date" a whole "band", and the last two i punched the air so i remember it and the only word I memorized was gas. It varies from one to another, but it is very efficient way overall, as for his story i memorized them by listening only to the way he elaborate and repeats which is another way combined with visualization, good job I myself got experience at the end, thanks.

  • Layney Luis
    Layney Luis 11 months ago

    I sang the words in order and remembered 8 ๐Ÿ˜‰
    If I would have a minute, I probably couldโ€™ve remembered all of it. Music cements memory too

  • Alexia
    Alexia 3 months ago +4

    These tricks are ancient and Iโ€™m glad heโ€™s disseminating the information. For fun I memorized a deck of cards using the Memory Palace technique by Simonides.

  • Asaad Baloch
    Asaad Baloch 4 months ago +1

    He took the example of general knowledge. I would love to see if he takes an example of he studying psychology or medicine.

  • Iry-Hor
    Iry-Hor 4 years ago +129

    This strategy is impressive to people who hear this mnemotechnic solution for the first time, but in most learning situations the brain doesn't work this way easily enough to make up stories and remember all of them. It's a pretty good idea to use it once in a blue moon, but not on a daily basis.

    • ๐Ÿ‘‘ KING DAVID ๐Ÿ‘‘
      ๐Ÿ‘‘ KING DAVID ๐Ÿ‘‘ 2 months ago +1

      Works great for bullsh*ters and journalists.

    • John Madison
      John Madison 3 years ago +7

      Given enough time investment, you can create a weird story for just about any information.
      The main problem I have with this is the extra level of indirection between request and retrieval of information.
      Makes it:
      1. Take a few moments longer to recall than if it were really burned into memory.
      2. Makes it harder to use as a foundation for other knowledge.
      Example: If you have to think "velocity" as a burning meteor falling towards earth at a given speed and direction... Well you have to re-invoke that imagery every time you look at equations using vectors. It's like your brain is running on a scripting language rather than something closer to the metal, because of the extra layer of abstraction.

  • Alejandra Ortega
    Alejandra Ortega 2 months ago

    wow this is amazing thank you . omg started with 3/10 and rewatched it and scored a 10/10 wow!

  • Bernard Mbire
    Bernard Mbire 3 months ago +1

    This is one of the best videos I've seen in my really got me laughing and happy ๐Ÿ˜

  • Anas Sheikh
    Anas Sheikh Year ago +9

    This was extremely helpfull for a student like me.

    A WOMAN'S WORK Year ago

    Great video on memory... Improving mine daily with techniques

  • Theodore Pitts
    Theodore Pitts 2 years ago +70

    Dear Mr. Ricardo Lieuw On, I am now a retired spine surgeon. I took my first course in mnemonics after I finished my internship. I was very angry that this is not a federal requirement to be taught in all schools. The time, energy and resources that would be improved boggles my imagination. The ripple effect on ideas, inventions and books goes through the roof. Please do everything you can to make a federal law that these techniques be taught in all schools. Thank you.๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sir7Lemons
      Sir7Lemons Day ago

      Do you have any tips for current medical students trying to get into surgery?

    • champ51221
      champ51221 Month ago

      Tell me about it. Could teach better material. Some stuff that actually comes in handy for the real world.

    • andrew cobb
      andrew cobb Year ago +3

      Hi. retired medic here. Agreed. I've been saying similar for 40 years. IT gives some muscle, but not fleetfooted enough. They should do a pilot, maybe one med school. Regards from UK.

  • Seare Z
    Seare Z Year ago

    I remember memorizing the whole periodic table in what is suggested in this video in my high school years. But the fact of the matter is if I am going to remember everything I want to remember by authoring a corresponding story will it be practical?is it not even becoming counterproductive ? The reason we pay money to novel writers is that it is a gift given to few talented persons, and it takes time and energy to do it. So no matter how hard we try to frame it, practice, repetition and hard work are the key to memorization.

  • Sunฤana Planinsky
    Sunฤana Planinsky 9 months ago +4

    I remember so much from school, I was drilled A student who additionally was remembering things, learning things for fun and because I thought I would need it in future. When I was 13 I remembered all american states in alphabetical order on one summer vacation day because I was bored and I thought it would prove to be useful in life as America is influential country in the world. I lived in the Balkans in Europe. I didn't use such methods or anything. I repeated until I had it memorised once and for all. It took maybe an hour or something. Sometimes I recall it to see if I still can do it and I always do it very quickly speaking, counting them automatically without any imagination (I have great imagination, but here it's not necessary for some "tricks" or whatever). Until day of today, today I'm 29, I can recite them all perfectly and know where they are, even though alphabetical order is not intuitive way for finding them all on map. Don't go shortway, if your goal is permanent learning. Also reciting out loud can be useful for memorising the melody of what you are saying. This is just one example, but a good example of boring facts that you can remember if you put mindwork to it and have a longterm goal.
    PS, the experience of excersise from this video was a bit PsYcHeDeLiC... ๐Ÿ˜‹

  • killakalichi
    killakalichi 5 months ago

    Thank you extremely helpful!! I'll try on my children now

  • Arhum Ahmed Ghouri

    Literally I Have Already Done That Exact Same Experiment When I Was 7th Grader โค๏ธ

  • Divad
    Divad 3 years ago +2609

    I love how TheXvid recommends this video the day before my exams

    • Bryan Messina
      Bryan Messina Year ago +1

      Somebody on Twitter told me that you arenโ€™t allowed to memorize answers in med school anymore, itโ€™s cheating. That makes no sense.

    • Carly Blankevoort
      Carly Blankevoort Year ago

      Spying on us ;)

    • Shanon Gilbert
      Shanon Gilbert Year ago

      I was talking about Lego to someone one day and the saw a Lego commercial a few days later!

    • Shiva Reddy
      Shiva Reddy Year ago +1

      WTFF tomorrow's my exam

    • reddy
      reddy Year ago +1


  • *insert creative name here*
    *insert creative name here* 10 months ago +51

    Ah, nothing like a good olโ€™ ted x to make me feel like Iโ€™m not procrastinating.

  • Martin Olson
    Martin Olson 3 months ago

    Excellent. Helpful, thank you.

  • Dharmender Singh
    Dharmender Singh 10 months ago

    It may be one of the approach to remember things/facts, but learning through human nature is the best approach to aide-memoire.
    Dharmender Singh

  • Angel Ngele
    Angel Ngele 3 months ago +1

    I could memorize the first 6 items in my first attempt and looking forward to grow more.

  • ฤuro Pedala
    ฤuro Pedala 3 years ago +9326

    my memory is so bad that I forgot I watched this video before

    • Abhale Sonali
      Abhale Sonali 11 days ago


    • mourning
      mourning 15 days ago

      ๐Ÿ˜„ I forgot to watch it.

    • Andrea m Hampton
      Andrea m Hampton 16 days ago

      That is based cause it's been long since you studied try to watch videos more consistently. Weeks back I barely remember anything

    • mourning
      mourning 16 days ago

      @Staden Well, "two hours later" that makes you a genius.

    • mourning
      mourning 16 days ago

      ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„ You're not alone. I laughed thinking, tripling would only allow me to locate my eye glasses on my own head.

  • Miqueas Promontorio
    Miqueas Promontorio Year ago +73

    The trick to increasing memory is something I taught myself after a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage. The trick: remember like women do automatically, Associate moments with emotion as soon as possible

    • Stephanie Kendra
      Stephanie Kendra 6 months ago

      Iโ€™ve had two tbis that are moderate. Can you give me an example please

    • Financing First
      Financing First 9 months ago +2

      I had a SAH in June 2021. You're exactly right...people communicate in pictures, sounds and feelings. Don't ever forget that!!! xoxo

  • hadiza usman
    hadiza usman Year ago

    Very inspirational and educative.

  • baiukun
    baiukun Year ago

    Thanks Ricardo, the idea of using body parts for chain linking is genius.

  • mukund kharade
    mukund kharade 8 months ago

    I remember similar system is mentioned in the book how to develop super power memory. It is called peg system and the link system .
    The book I purchased was for 30 inr. The seller was quoting 50, I asked for 25 , he said take it for free however settled for 30.
    The story method has limitations. Even by link method and peg method you have to practice a lot.
    Interest is very important in memory.

  • Help Box
    Help Box 2 months ago

    I passed my 10th mathematics by remembering all the questions answers ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    • Sa Tan
      Sa Tan Month ago

      Math needs practice rather than memorization

  • Katie
    Katie Month ago

    i memorized and got all 10! iโ€™m still gonna watch this video anyways! i just linked each word and divided the wordsโ€ฆ i canโ€™t believe i remembered even after 18 seconds (short term memory)โ€ฆ i picture a story of itโ€ฆ make bizarre images

  • Ver Nick
    Ver Nick 11 months ago +1

    It really works! I did actually remember all the 10 names by that story, and I'm not even American.

  • Umut Lannister
    Umut Lannister 5 months ago

    I memorize in my first question 9/10
    After i did 1/10 thanks its completed

  • The Real India
    The Real India 3 months ago +1

    Summary of this video- Just connect the information you learn, information that is connected,acts as a structure that holds one information with another and helps brain remember easily. Imagine you driving three vehicles one by one and then connecting the vehicles with one another and driving one of the vehicle easily. Now imagine you holding three objects and then making the objects sticky and connecting the objects and holding them easily then.

  • muhammad sameer Dar

    I always forgot about five rivers but my father said that there is a technique to learn it and you will never forget in your life. SIRJC, S for sutlej river, I for Indus river, R for ravi river, J for jhelum river and C for chenab river. Making easy to remember too many words or sentence is to make them into a small sentence or code. Another example: Rainbow colours (Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain). Richard: red, York: yellow, Gave: green, Battle: blue, In: indigo and Vain: violet. This is the technique to convert different words which you can't remember into short or simple. After this you can remember forever.

  • Marlyn Kanatt
    Marlyn Kanatt Year ago +6

    He took the entire audience into a sub conscious level before memorizing all the president names.

  • Zara Matthan
    Zara Matthan Year ago

    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐ŸฝTHANK YOU!!!! EXCELLENT presentation! Keep up the amazing work!!!!

  • Ramesh Iyer
    Ramesh Iyer 2 years ago +5

    Nice talk. In recent years, many schools have taken to "visualization" to enable students to learn and retain the information for longer periods of time. This also goes with the belief in psychology, that most people have a good eidetic memory, so people can easily relate to information which is shown in graphic form, than in letters / alphabetic characters. This is why story books for very young kids are always pictorial and not verbose, as it's for adults. Besides making learning more fun through pictures, it also helps kids understand and retain the information better. The same goes for comic strips and such. Moreover, there are many tutorial websites / mobile apps, which present complex theoretical concepts pictorially / graphically, which makes them easier to understand and relate to. This is how education should be imparted. Also, as Ricardo rightly says, people have forgotten the art of remembering things. There was a time I could remember all the phone numbers, birthdays, etc. of my near & dear ones. But, after the "smartphone culture" was unleashed upon us, it's hard for me to remember even my secondary mobile numbers :-)

    • Suspicious World
      Suspicious World 2 months ago +1

      Its look like you are talking not just about yourself. But about every student

  • Sindhu Vi
    Sindhu Vi 3 months ago

    I actually used this technique for the first attempt but its highly powerful.

  • Akash Jain
    Akash Jain Year ago +2

    this guy really inspired me to perform better in my academics

  • Prasanta sabar
    Prasanta sabar 9 months ago

    Tedx helping to us learn English . I am watching continuously since last 2 years

  • Muzingaye Ngwenya
    Muzingaye Ngwenya 4 months ago +1

    Break the goal into 3 steps,
    Thanks for sharing mate๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โ—


    Thanks for the tutorial and method I got from you bro, you're so good and legit you're the best costdude

  • Emski
    Emski Month ago

    Thank you, inspiring!

  • sakthivel K
    sakthivel K 3 months ago

    You make a great job for awakening the around world. thanks a lot.

  • Gurnandan Singh
    Gurnandan Singh 7 months ago +1

    I could do all 10 in 30 seconds , felt great

  • Busy Bee
    Busy Bee 2 years ago +22

    No one, I repeat no one on this face of earth has explained to me the concept of memory palace better than this gentleman here. Thank you, sir! You have done a fantastic job!

  • Mohammad QZ
    Mohammad QZ 10 months ago +3

    It's not about improving your memory it's just a way for encoding specific things. like chemistry codes for tables.

  • Adam Wilkins
    Adam Wilkins Year ago

    I use rooms in my house I grew up in. I have my mental image of 5 items in each of the rooms. I associate the word with the objects in the room. I've done up to 50 words before when being told only once slowly to give me time to do the association. I've never had to go past that, but it would be easy. Its neat because you can do it in any order and someone can ask you what item 21 is and you will just know because you know where that object is in the house.

  • Vijaya Rani
    Vijaya Rani Year ago

    awesome thank you sir u nailed it sir

  • Uma 99
    Uma 99 9 months ago

    What a great work ๐Ÿ™โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŒผโœจ

  • isis Mahamid abumouch
    isis Mahamid abumouch 3 years ago +13

    1st of all great speech ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    2nd iam aware of this great method of memorizing since school days but the prob is i couldnot really apply it on memorizing science like biology and chemistry, or pharmacology as we have memorize alot of dry names with side effects and indications..

  • Check Mate
    Check Mate 3 months ago

    At certain times itโ€™s almost impossible for me to imagine something. My brain goes so off the rails that I barely made it through what this guys was saying before imagining different stuff every time he talked. My memory though I think being compared to friends and family is way better than thereโ€™s but itโ€™s not amazing.

  • nikita baranval
    nikita baranval 10 months ago

    He spoke everything in detail my father used to tell me in short that you can do everything if you do it with fun and that actually works because you never forget the things which companies fun in it.

  • Krish Shah
    Krish Shah Year ago

    This video helps me a lot thank you so much

  • Sheila Ndikumana
    Sheila Ndikumana 8 months ago +1

    This is exciting! My goodness! Thank you so much for this!

  • Ankit Sharma
    Ankit Sharma 9 months ago

    It is interesting to keep mind & body engaged with such a focused and funny manner but does it work for individuals with severe depression,Alzheimer,dementia or any sort of mental illness because these are the people who actually struggles a lot with memory ? If yes then please share those techniques also so that it would help such individuals & in return helps in deteriorating suicidal cases.A reply to it would be highly appreciable.

  • Black
    Black 9 months ago +124

    Everyone is gangsta until they open their chemistry lab manual or block chemistry for jee โ€ฆ.Indians can relate

    • Time
      Time 9 months ago +1

      Lol ๐Ÿ˜†

    • brute force
      brute force 9 months ago +3

      Salt analysis ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ต

    • Paras Ghadge
      Paras Ghadge 9 months ago +2

      bhaiii F true !

  • 529 Tech
    529 Tech 11 months ago +2

    When my dad hit me belt I memorised everything like whole dictionary without problem๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Joshua Jiji
    Joshua Jiji 11 months ago

    This is amazing. Fabulous video

  • Resham Thapa
    Resham Thapa 3 months ago

    first attempt 7out of 10 don't know how but I did it๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

  • Jack Jack
    Jack Jack 11 months ago +1

    I remember our school had such similar thing but the difference is there were 40 words and I still know the story of those 40 words ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Navitha Ravikumar
    Navitha Ravikumar 6 months ago

    I memorized 9 out of ten in my first attempt

  • bertaga41
    bertaga41 Year ago

    Learning is about understanding primarily. In situations where you need to memorise on the job that's the best way to do it.
    Who learns the Periodic table - people who want to learn to memorise and show off. Show me a chemist somewhere who has learned it. They use charts!

  • JeremyShaferOrigami
    JeremyShaferOrigami 3 years ago +3720

    But walking us through that story took a LOT longer than 30 seconds!

    • Kittyququmber
      Kittyququmber 5 months ago

      Yes 3 minutes!! Not only that but for people over forty years old the most recent five presidents is easy to recall. One does not have to memorize these five. Also the first list of ten words had no connection- they were not even related grammatically (eg all nouns or all verbs). The first exercise was strictly memorizing. The second exercise which took three minutes (not 30 seconds) was a thinking and answering a question which one had knowledge or names and order before.

    • Kaleem Ullah
      Kaleem Ullah 5 months ago

      it might took even longer for you to Search such a wonderfull video ..

    • Glenn Bates
      Glenn Bates 5 months ago +1

      I teach math. It can sometimes take 5 minutes to teach how to work a problem that once they learn how to do it only takes 30 seconds or less to do.

    • UEC (Ultimate Exam Crackers)
      UEC (Ultimate Exam Crackers) 6 months ago

      Exactly , memorization is easy with visualisation but it does take time.

    • John Moore
      John Moore 6 months ago

      Was taught this method first in 1988 in an NTMA machinist pre-employment class to learn to remember the names of everyone in a room of 30 or so people had just met who were in the class with me. but only used it a couple of times as it does take practice and I tried to avoid getting fired as much as possible and having to get familiar with all the personal in a new shop in a short time. only got fired once, and technically I was laid off but was at least useful for learning a group of people's names fairly quickly and with practice could go through the list to whichever person I was talking to much faster then when first arranged it in my head. out of practice now but only a few people's name from 2nd shop have forgot since 1990 when had to leave town. Everyone in that class memorized each other's names in less that a few minutes before we moved on to other things bye-the-way.

  • Patricia Kelly
    Patricia Kelly Year ago +1

    Loved it. Thank you. X

    G M BOLES 10 months ago +1

    Thank you Ricardo for sharing.

    JESSE 5 months ago

    This is called: Mnemonic. This is the way I study. It helped me achieve a Science Degree and a Real Estate Agent license at the age of 21. It works. For reference (it case you want to dig depeer) The 'Bizarre' he refers to is also called the 'Von Restorff Effect'.

  • Svence Johanson
    Svence Johanson 16 days ago

    I did an audio language program to learn Dutch - go figure. The name : Linkword. The whole thing was word association. Worked very well.