Memory Blog

Memory techniques and articles from two times Australian memory champion Anastasia Woolmer.

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What you want to remember, faster – The survey results are in!

What you want to remember, faster – The survey results are in!

The survey results have been collated for the upcoming workshop in October. I asked what you would most like to remember faster - with 0 meaning no interest and 10 as yes please. The results surprised me. ‘How to remember for work’ is the clear winner for the October...

Movement and memory – how to remember movement faster

Movement and memory – how to remember movement faster

I get a lot of questions from students asking if they can use mnemonic techniques to improve their ability to remembering movement. Exercise is good for your memory. But is memory good for exercise? Can we use memory techniques to improve our ability to remember...

How to improve your memory besides learning memory techniques

How to improve your memory besides learning memory techniques

The number one tip memory tip is to practice memory techniques that exercise your cognitive skills. Even 15 minutes of daily practice can make a major improvement in memory and cognitive ability. But there are many other areas in our life that can have an important...

Exercise and Memory

Exercise and Memory

Training your memory is obviously a mental exercise, right? Hit the study, head down. In fact, that’s not the whole story. The learning and memory benefits of exercise have been well documented in numerous medical studies. It is a fact that regular aerobic exercise...

How to remember a speech in a flash (without the flash cards)

How to remember a speech in a flash (without the flash cards)

Look forward to your next speech Being confident to speak publicly from memory is an empowering skill. It isn’t hard to memorise long speeches, once you know how.   Remembering speeches or a block of writing simply requires the use of a few well-known memory...

How to make and use memory palaces

How to make and use memory palaces

In this blog we explore memory palaces, their usefulness and how to make them. Memory palaces are one of the most powerful memory techniques, are fun to use and are surprisingly easy to make. What is a Memory Palace? A Memory Palace is a place you know or can imagine,...

How to remember a list of words

How to remember a list of words

A long list of words is probably the best place to start when beginning memory training. While it might appear too simple, practicing this technique is a great exercise for sharpening your memory abilities. Remember that people train in Pilates or Yoga because it...

2018 IAM Australian Memory Competition – What I learned.

2018 IAM Australian Memory Competition – What I learned.

Sickness stopped me, and why its not all bad. I am going to get to learn lots of fun stuff, just because I can. At first I was really disappointed I couldn’t compete in the 2018 IAM Australian Memory Competition, held in November. About two days before the competition...

Asia Memory Championship 2018

Asia Memory Championship 2018

What can I say about the mental marathon that was the 2018 Asia Memory Championships? The Championships were held in Singapore in September 2018 . It was a great honour to represent Australia as the current Australian Memory Champion and being my first international...

A memory expert’s guide – how to remember names and faces

A memory expert’s guide – how to remember names and faces

A guide to the basics. Do the names of people you meet blur together? Remembering names is a powerful skill. In fact the most common memory complaint I hear is “I’m so bad at remembering names”. Before training in these memory techniques I used to be one of those...

Why memory techniques are not just a gimmick

Why memory techniques are not just a gimmick

Memory athletes and the one year itch. Argh! Did I do this all for nothing? When I first started memory training I felt exhilarated. Suddenly I knew how to quickly remember large amounts of data of any type. Enter the “I’m a genius” honeymoon period. I could remember...

Alzheimers, Dementia, Dance and Memory.

Research strongly supports the hypothesis that dance can help ward off Alzheimers disease and other dementia illness. Studies also find that at any age dance improves cognitive acuity and neural connectivity - see my blog Exercise and Memory. "A thorough meta-analysis...

Australia Pi Day 22 July 2018 : 100 digits 1.5 min

This Pi Day I baked a lovely pie. I also memorised 100 digits of Pi in less than 2 minutes. The pie took much much longer to bake : ) For those who are trying to get the most out of life or ward off an ageing mind, eating homemade pie after a brain workout is a great...

A memory champion advises that you can learn to remember too

A memory champion advises that you can learn to remember too

Mnemonics - how did I get into this crazy sport, what does it take, and what can it offer? 2017 IAM Australian Memory Champion When I first stumbled on a book about memory championships I didn’t know what a gigantic difference the training would make in my life. I was...