Book Review How to memorize anything by Aditi Singhal: A functional transition from Untrained memory to Trained Memory. A must book for kids poor in Maths, Science.
As a Doctor and in the trade for two decades, I always used to think : I had a selective memory. I could remember faces, their illnesses, their age, height and weight and their core treatment. But I almost as a rule forget names of people and that has been a severe embarrassment for me. This is surprising, as I have been pretty strong in Mathematics, Mental Maths and also in jumbles and cross-words, without being exceptional. So, when our Editor suggested this book to me, I just gobbled it up.
HOW TO MEMORIZE ANYTHING: THE ULTIMATE HANDBOOK TO EXPLORE AND IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY (Here), is a book by Aditi Singhal and Sudhir Singhal, who are Guinness world record holders in Mental Mathematics. I missed out on their first offering, How To become a Human Calculator (a book which uses Vedic Mathematics to master mathematical calculations). But this time I didn’t want to repent. And here is what I have to tell.
Starting with their untrained memory testing, I scored 47 out of 62, which I was told was pretty decent. They tell us how memory training helps in all walks of life.
Part A deals with Basics of Memory, like Understanding Memory, Laws of Memory and how they work. AIR [Association, Imagination and Ridiculous Thinking] are critical to develop good memory. As we dive deeper into the book, we get ample illustration that we can’t remember anything in isolation. We need to associate or relate any new information with already recorded information.
Part B contains an elaborate and exhaustive detailing on Making Strong Associations, Application of Chain Method, Personal Nickname method, Learning Foreign Languages and English vocabulary, Memorizing Names and Faces, Hide and Seek Methods, Mnemonics, Memorizing Spellings, Memorizing Numerical Data and Facts, Mind Maps-Creative Note Taking and most importantly on How to Improve Concentration. There are ample examples to support the information along with self testing tools.
Part C is Student Section. This gives specific methods to improve memory in Chemistry, Memorizing History Dates, Social Studies, Maths and Physics, Biology and an extremely helpful Smart Study Skills.
Part D contains simple tricks that can be used to amaze your friends. Though I found Memorizing 500 Years Calender practically tough, I definitely benefited with Memorizing Long Series Numbers and Playing Cards. As far as memorizing numbers is concerned, I realized, I have been using similar self devised techniques successfully in my life so far.
Appendix caters to FAQ [Frequently Asked Questions] and Mind Maps.
Overall, HOW TO MEMORIZE ANYTHING is an amazing handbook for self-help with our memory. I had to ready this book rather slowly to assess the usefulness. Hence it took me 15 days to finish this 323 pages book. But I think it’s the right way to read such memory training books. It’s always a good idea to take time to test the memory skills taught in the book. It’s also a good idea taking out some extended time to master the memory skills taught in the book. After all, you’re reading a memory training book and not a memoir, where you can take the read the book first and apply the lesson later, when you’re in a similar situation.
A fabulous addition to my library and one of the better self-help books on memory training. A book that is very simple, lucid, practical and easy for anyone with elementary knowledge of English.
A must own book for kids with fear of Maths and Science. I also strongly recommend the book be made a compulsory at all schools and colleges and even office libraries.