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Four Memory Tricks

Four Memory Tricks
Nothing helps you get ahead quicker than a good memory. Whether you’re trying to remember the name of the guy you just met, a state capital, or complex sets of business data, these simple tricks can help you improve your memory skills.

1. Start by chunking. According to psychologists, it’s especially hard to make your brain recall long lists of separate pieces of information. To make it easier to remember a long list of almost anything, break the list into small and manageable groups, or “chunks.”

For example, you might find it hard to remember all of the original 13 British colonies in the United States. But if you break them into small groups based on common traits, such as the region each colony belongs in, it’s much easier. First, just concentrate on learning which colonies belong in which region. When you know each region, you know the whole set of 13.


1.       Delaware
2.       New York
3.       New Jersey
4.       Pennsylvania

1.       Maryland
2.       Virginia
3.       North Carolina
4.       South Carolina
5.       Georgia
New England

1.       Connecticut
2.       Rhode Island
3.       Massachusetts
4.       New Hampshire
2. Use mnemonic devices. These are memory improvement techniques, and are sometimes quite elaborate. One common device uses words or abbreviations to compress lists of information into shorter bits that are easier to remember. Here are some common examples:

Names of the Great Lakes

H-O-M-E-S;  Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior

Colors of the spectrum

R-o-y G. B-i-v; Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet

Order of operations in mathematics

Please Explain My Dull, Awful Subjects; Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication/Division,Addition/Subtraction

Planets in the solar system

Many Vocal Enemies Make Jokes Squealing Under Nervous Pressure; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars,Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

Biology taxonomy

Kings Play Chess On Funny Green Squares; Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species

Musical scale

Every Good Boy Does Fine; E, G, B, D, F

3. Link information to visual cues. Often it’s easier to remember a place or an image and its characteristics, than it is to recall a set of unfamiliar pieces of information. To memorize the information, you can try taking an item from the list and associating it in your mind with a picture or place that you know well.
For example, let’s say you need to memorize the presidents of the United States since World War II. You could associate each of the presidents with a place you know well, such as your front porch:

Sitting on the steps
Knocking at the front door
Swinging on a porch swing
Standing at the mailbox
Ringing the doorbell
Sitting in a wicker chair
Standing under the porch light
Bush (1st)
Standing on the right
Sitting at a table
Bush (2nd)
Standing on the left

To reinforce this, you could draw a sketch of your porch, and note on it the location of each president. This technique is so powerful that you might find yourself thinking of the presidents the next time you go to your porch.

4. Read with a purpose. Many psychologists think that the best way to remember what you read is to follow the PQ4R method. PQ4R is a mnemonic device for Preview, Question, and four R’s: Read, Reflect, Recite, Review.

If you are reading a chapter in your biology book, for example, you should start by skimming the whole chapter for an overview. Then create some questions to concentrate on while you study, such as “How does photosynthesis work?” Then read the chapter.

After you’ve finished, reflect–think about how the chapter has answered your questions. Recite the answers back to yourself, explaining the information in your own words. Finally, go back through the book, skimming again for the main points.

Sound like a lot of work? It may take longer than a quick skim, but it’s also a great way to make sure you retain what you are reading, rather than just sitting in front of the book and turning pages.

Speed Reading Secrets Revealed

Today’s post is a response to a comment from Virginia who purchased my Speed Reading Video Program that guarantees you’ll DOUBLE your reading speed within one hour.

She said it would help if I gave her additional distinctions to help her get to the 1,800 words per minute that completely changed my academic career.

Just so we understand each other – I completed my MBA, Ph.D. and Post-Graduate Law Degrees WHILE working or growing my businesses FULL TIME… That’s the point – you can have it all when you have the right study techniques whether you’re in high school, college or university.

Speed Reading is all about getting your eyes to read faster – if you want to test how quickly you can read RIGHT NOW, watch the YouTube video below to read at 600 Words per Minute Right Now.


Once you’ve done that, give it a go at 1,000 words per minute…


This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that you CAN SPEED READ.

The $1 million question is how do you do that with your textbooks?!?!

Of course you need to buy my speed reading course, but there are a few distinctions I want to share with you that will help you once you’ve bought it.

  • You need to practice the technique EVERY TIME you’re alone so that it becomes intuitive and AUTOMATIC. Like any sport, you can’t MASTER a technique without practice.
  • I explain in the video program why you don’t want to do this in public or in front of anyone UNTIL you MASTER it, then you can show off all you want :-)
  • Within 3 to 10 hours of actually doing the technique, you WILL have or get close to your breakthrough – you’ll sense the excitement and you’ll KNOW the feeling – KEEP going until you CRASH RIGHT THROUGH THE BARRIER!!!

I can remember when I was doing my coursework for my Ph.D. Program – I was taking a FULL-TIME course load of 4 seminars while my classmates were taking 2. At the end of the semester, everyone was complaining about the reading load – we had to read the equivalent of 3 full textbooks…

The professors asked each student how much time they spent READING for the course and the average Ph.D. student was reading an incredible 18 hours/week for this one seminar. Plus the term papers and seminar sessions…

When I was asked, I couldn’t reveal I was speed reading – otherwise I would have had to teach everyone and that was a burden I didn’t want so I said “There wasn’t more reading in THIS course than in my other courses” and left it at that.

No one ever knew I was speed reading.

Only my professors knew I was taking DOUBLE the COURSE LOAD.

One of the tricks I used to read faster, because at 1,800 words per minute, the biggest time waster is turning pages… is that I would get 2 pages photocopied per 8.5×11″ or A4 sheet and copied back-to-back so that once placed in a binder, I was able to read 4 pages every time I turned the page once.

That alone helped me go from speed reading 1,200 to 1,800 words per minute.

Before you get to that point, you need to buy my Speed Reading Video Program and practice.

To motivate you, I’ll tell you a TRUE STORY…

One night, when I was studying for my Ph.D., I read from 7 to 10 PM,
a total of 3 hours. At the time, I was reading 1,800 words a minute.

The average person reads 300 words per minute. That means I was 6
times FASTER than my classmates.

It also means that they had to spend 18 hours, that’s all day
Saturday and all day Sunday reading exactly what I read on Friday

Which do YOU think is easier?

But here’s the real kicker – SPEED READING means you have to FOCUS
and CONCENTRATE which means you understand, comprehend and REMEMBER

That meant that the time I needed to study/review was also a fraction
of the time my classmates needed.

That meant I was able to complete my Ph.D. Coursework as a part-time
student with a FULL TIME COURSE load in less than 18 months.

Several years later, I was able to complete a post-graduate Law
Degree in 8 months without any of my co-workers knowing I had a
FULL TIME COURSE LOAD even though I was registered as a part-time

I graduated with Distinction or High Distinctions in all my courses.

The #1 reason is that I can speed read.

Now that you’re motivated, go and buy my Speed Reading Video Program – it’s only $47 and guaranteed to DOUBLE your reading speed within one hour.

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault


Speed reading is one of the easiest and quickest skills to learn – and the most explosively powerful for your academic career.

Don’t hesitate – you could be speed reading within the next hour and I promise you once you do, you’ll never look back.