Imagine yourself speaking plain or writing dull just because you can’t remember words easily. It obviously sounds very unpleasant! And most of the students are feeling dorks because of it. Therefore, by end of reading this article, you would feel completely confident about how to permanently remember new words and will help yourself grow mentally sharp.
You don’t need to worry. It’s not just you alone mentally stressed about this issue, but everyone forgets words. When I was in my college, I was constantly worrying about this problem. But later. I unveiled the major reasons why does it happen to me. Therefore, I managed to subdue this problem through a massive struggle and found the best ever ultimate solution for it.
Let’s explore them!
2 must-know processes to remember a word
In the first place, you should necessarily know about the following two psychologically factual processes.
1: how a Word enters our mind?
This process enlightens us about how a word enters our minds. A student, who gets familiar with this process makes for sure entry of a word into his mind.
Basically, a word enters in three ways into our mind, how does a word look or sound? What concept does it represent (meaning of a word)? And who uses it with whom? And in what context does it use (syntactical use of a word)?
Most of us are completely oblivious to these processes. Therefore, to make a fixed entry of a word into your mind, the first thing you should learn is the correct pronunciation of a word and how is it written. Psychologically speaking, the iconic and echoic memories are the quickest in getting words. Hence, a look into the shape of a word and listening to its correct pronunciation, are the must factors of consideration to make a fixed entry of a word. If you are still mystified about what you just have read, stay tuned! A brief, self-explanatory example would get you cleared by the end of this paragraph.
Secondly, you should must seek the concept a word stands for, which is called the meaning of a word. Meaning doesn’t mean translating a word into your native language, but it means the concept to which a word refers. If you don’t know the meaning of a word, it remains as useless in your mind as a branded laptop in your home without knowing its purpose. That laptop becomes just a concrete thing for you unaware of its uses.
Here comes the most important factor in the true sense. After going through all the aforementioned strategies, you must learn about the syntactical use of a word. Syntactical use refers to the use of a word in a sentence. It indicates that when? Why? Who? With whom? In what context? Where in a sentence? Does it have to be used?
For example, the word “excellent”.
First, you should look at its shape i.e. <excellent>
Then, you should learn the correct pronunciation of it i.e. /ˈɛks(ə)l(ə)nt
After that, you should seek its concept i.e. when something very good happens, people give “excellent” as a remark.
Finally, you should know its use. I.e. it is used for something extremely good. It is used as an adjective in a sentence, which must talk about a noun.
Hence, once you learn a word through the previously mentioned processes, there is no chance you can’t permanently store it in your Long-Term Memory.
Long-Term memory? A new word right!
A chance to learn a new concept. Sounds wonderful!
2: How do we store and recall a word?
Words go through a specific psychological process to reach into our long-term memory. This journey of a word of reaching into long-term memory and retrieving it back is well explained through the following diagram.
Now, thousands of words are stored in our long-term memory, and the same process in the opposite way happens during the retrieval of a word.
Now here come the reasons, why we forget words.
Secret Reasons why we forget words & their proven solutions
Various reasons are there, which are indispensably responsible for not remembering words permanently. Most of them are very vivid, while others are implicit. This part of the discussion will reveal the hidden reasons why can’t we learn vocabulary. Here are some top-notched techniques you should follow.
- Unload the stuff you are less interested in.
Your working memory has very less capacity for holding more stuff. It is one of the reasons that we shedload our minds with lots of stuff, which refrains a word from not going into our long-term memory. Therefore, commence your process by unloading your memory. Of course, we have a lot to do, but during your learning, you must be completely focused giving full free space to new vocabularies in your mind.
- learn all the three aspects of a word
The reason which leaves behind all other reasons is not following the process aforementioned. We forget words because they are not properly injected into our long-term memory. A word must be learned by its all three aspects; its shape and pronunciation, its meaning, and its correct use in a sentence contextually. Once it is fixed this way, it goes directly into Long-term memory, where less it has the chance to be forgotten.
- Make handwritten notes instead of typing them out.
Put your digital devices away and make handwritten notes. Don’t solely rely on seeing a word or listening to it. Once you are done with the above steps, write it down many times, since it gets stored in your motor memory.
- sleep right after learning
A research study concluded that people who take a good enough sleep right after learning something, are quicker in remembering things. When you tend to learn a few words a day, sleep right away after practicing it. It rates up your picking power and keeps your memory fresh. When you sleep right after learning some words, you stop your sensory memory to transfer more information into your working memory, which helps the current information (new words) to be transferred quickly into your long-term memory.
- less consistent use of a word:
When you learn a word’s all three aspects, it must be proceeded by consistent use of it. You only forget it, when you don’t consistently use it. The above-mentioned example regarding the laptop best fits here. It sounds really funny when you use a branded laptop just to comb your hair in before going to college, rather than using it for myriad lucrative purposes. Therefore, a word in your mind without its proper use remains as useless as that branded laptop in your home.
Trace decay theory of forgetting in psychology vividly speaks that if the information stored in your mind is not revisited for a long time, gets faded over time. So, when you don’t consistently retrieve (use) the vocabularies, you forget them and they fade away over time.
- Proper mind exercise
Let’s suppose, our mind is like a room having two gates, an entrance; and an exit. When you start filling the room with balloons through the entrance, there will come a time when the unused balloons will unintentionally go out through the exit.
The same is the case with the words in our minds. Words are like balloons in our minds. If we don’t exercise them more often, they go out of our minds. That’s how we forget words.
In conclusion, everything needs a proper guideline. A vision without a proper guideline is just a dream. Therefore, you must need to apply the above techniques to boost your memory power. In closing, all the aforementioned tips cycle around one single statement
READ, READ AND READ
WRITE, WRITE AND WRITE.