There are some ways to improve your memory as simple as tying a string on your finger. That old time memory trick was used by housewives who had many tasks called chores to do and knew that if they didn’t tie a string to remember to buy cat food that the cat would probably go hungry. If you are wondering how tying a string would help a housewife to remember to buy cat food, the trick is that when the housewife ties the string she is tying it for the express purpose of remembering to buy cat food. Tying a string works for whatever it is that you need to remember to do when you are done with everything that you need to do. The key to improving your memory is not to expect or to blame your memory for forgetting. Making it a practice to accept your personality traits of which memory is one helps to promote a feeling of balance in your behavior towards yourself, remember always that the first person to love is yourself.
You can not be expected to remember everything that you read. The reason why the old monks wrote notes on the edges of pages that they had read was to remember the thought that was prompted from the reading. These monks could then refer to their notes to write a response to the reading. Another trick that is used in school is that of making notes of key words or sentences of important aspects of the work that the student is studying. The writing out of the key words or the sentence reinforces the information that the reading is supposed to be learned by the student. These are all aides to working with memory while trying to learn a subject that is new or difficult. To expect yourself to remember everything that you have read is really expecting too much of yourself. Give yourself a break and take notes.
There are other more complicated tricks that are supposedly helpful to remembering like comparing a person’s name to some animal or to some attribute of his facial features. These tricks are really expecting more of yourself than simply repeating the data that you are trying to remember until it is memorized or can be recited by heart or rote. To memorize a poem or a verse from a play is more helpful in developing key understanding to your brain’s capacity to remember than trying to figure out how many syllables are in a word and what does it remind you of.
Be kind to yourself and make lists of things to do and when to do them. Don’t be embarrassed if you have to spend a little more time shopping with a list than presuming that you have developed a complicated ritual of what you need to get. Writing down milk, bread and eggs and buying milk, bread and eggs is easier than working out a code like meg; milk, eggs and bread. What if you forget to think of meg?