Memory, Learning & Exams

Ever been in a situation where your memory was as clear as day about some facts, figures or events until, that is, you had to bring them to mind under pressure? For instance if trying to assert yourself with an unreasonable superior, shine during a job or promotion interview, or take an exam!

So what’s going on in our head when the mind goes so blank we may even struggle to remember our own name!

And, even more to the point, what practical steps can be taken to avoid such embarrassing memory failures in the future?

Let’s start by considering why we have these memory lapses in the first place.

It’s all down to anxiety. The more anxious we become the harder it is to concentrate on the task at hand and bring to mind, clearly and accurately, the essential information needed. This does not mean, however, that a total absence of anxiety is any more beneficial to efficient recall.

Performance-Chart-2-258x300

As the graph shows, up to a certain point the mental and physical arousal we usually label as anxiety and stress improves memory and increases our chances of doing well in an exam or interview. Athletes call this ideal state of mind and body ‘being in the Zone’. If arousal continues, however, performance declines with increasing rapidity.

The first step in memory enhancement is, therefore, learning how to control anxiety so as to ensure the brain works at peak performance. You can learn how to do this on the Anxiety Antidote page of this website.  Click to find out more. {LINK to Anxiety Antidote}

The second step is to develop strategies that will enable you to remember and recall information successfully even under pressure.

By following the simple but highly effective memory mastery techniques I teach, you will be far better able to recall facts and figures quickly, easily and accurately even when anxious or working under pressure. If you are about to take an exam and want to find the best ways to learn, revise and recall information under exam room pressure Click here to find out more about Pass That Exam! 

Meet a World Memory Master

Someone who demonstrates the astonishing power of a properly trained memory is eight times world memory champion Dominic O’Brien. Among his many accomplishments is recalling a 1,780 digit number and memorising 20 decks of cards!

Click here to watch an interview in which he explains how he does it.

David with Dominic O'Brien