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10 Memory Tips

August 21, 2009 3 Comments »

As translators, we need our memories to operate at a certain level in order to remember vocabulary, rules, collocations, maxims, exceptions to rules, etc. A few things that can help us with our memories comes from a great website known as The Pages (where you can also find tips on taking full advantage of your brain’s capabilities, exercises, , riddles, puzzles and more).

(creator and author of the site) has a special recipe for improving one’s memory which includes these ten tips:

1. Repeat: repeating a telephone number in your head over and over again will help you remember it. It’s even better if you “sing it” in your head. If you do this everyday, you’ll remember things long term as opposed to short term.

2. Write it down: “Let the paper remember it for you.” Besides having the info handy for later, the act of writing it down will help it “stick” in your head.

3. Clear your mind: relax and clear your mind (take three deep breaths through your nose as you relax your muscles) as often as you can, as this allows things we need to remember to “come” to us.

4. Feed your brain: we have to feed our bodies with good proteins and complex carbs to give the brain more energy and allow it to function better: granola, cereals, trail mix, fish. What’s more, being hungry can distract you and interfere with your ability to remember things.

5. Drink enough liquids: dehydration can distract us, keeps us from thinking clearly and restricts our memory. Try drinking a glass of water and see if your brain seems a little sharper.

6. Exercise: physical exercise gives the brain oxygen: it improves the brain’s functioning both immediately (after ten minutes on the treadmill, for example) and in the long term.

7. Learn : mental associations to remember names, numbers, lists of items, etc. are usually quite useful for making things “stick.”
8. Imagine how you will use it: if you think of how you could use the info, you have a better chance of remembering it later. For example, if you are learning an algorithm in class, imagining that you’re using it during an exam can help you remember it better. Or if you’ve just learned someone’s name you can imagine running into them again and calling them by their name.

9. Avoid toxins: smoking is the most obvious one. Although some feel that it helps them concentrate in the short term, the subsequent damage affects the brain in general, including the memory. The same goes for some medications and of course illegal drugs.

10. Reduce stress: when you’re stressed, your body releases cortisone (or hydro-cortisone), which at high levels interferes with the part of the memory that holds recent memories. Things like meditation and mind control techniques can help with this.
Will our translations be better with these tips? Will we actually remember to use them? I guess we’ll see…


3 Responses to “10 Memory Tips”

  • Commented on August 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    But it is not only the memory what has to function. As a good translator you need to understand well what the source want to tell and you need to know the capacity of the target person or group to whom you have to translate that they can understand … If you do not know where to put the screw it is not worth to move the screwdri

  • Commented on August 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    But it is not only the memory what has to function. As a good translator you need to understand well what the source want to tell and you need to know the capacity of the target person or group to whom you have to translate that they can understand … If you do not know where to put the screw it is not worth to move the screwdriver 😉

  • Commented on August 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    But it is not only the memory what has to function. As a good translator you need to understand well what the source want to tell and you need to know the capacity of the target person or group to whom you have to translate that they can understand … If you do not know where to put the screw it is not worth to move the screwdriver 😉