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Using All of Your Senses to Enhance Memory

If you can see it, hear it, touch it and even smell it, you'll remember it more easily. For example, you are attending a political science lecture. You are listening, watching the instructor, looking at visuals and writing notes. To sit in this lecture and never or seldom look up to catch any of the instructor's gestures or body language limits your sensory perception of this learning situation. After the lecture, you may want to rewrite your notes or verbalize certain key points so that you can "hear it again." The more ways that you can involve your senses, the easier you will find it to remember the material.

Visualizing information also aids memory. We tend to remember pictures, graphics and mental images much more easily than we remember words and numbers. For example, read the following:

A Subchapter S corporation is a corporate business form that pays no corporate taxes as net income is passed through to the shareholder/owners and taxed at the individual's tax bracket.

Depending on your background and prior experiences, this may be easy or difficult for you to remember. However, read the revised version of this same sentence.

A Subchapter S corporation is a bridge between a non-incorporated business and a corporate business form. As such, the Sub S corporation pays no corporate tax, as all net income flows to the shareholder/owners, where it is taxed at the individual's tax bracket.

The wording in this second version enables you to paint some mental pictures. The Subchapter S corporation is a bridge between two entities. You can visualize on one side of the "bridge" a non-incorporated business and, on the other side, a corporation.

The expression, "net income flows ..." sort of completes the picture. You could visualize a couple of people standing on or near the bridge with a "river of income" flowing toward them.

Such mental images can be recalled more easily than words.