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You have probably seen on them on TV or read about them in the newspaper. Those mysterious looking serious types that can memorize a very large number of unrelated words in a very short period of time. At the first glance it might look like an impossible task, something that's only the gurus and masterminds can achieve, but in reality anyone can do it and here we will show you how.

By the time you're done reading this article, you will be able to impress your friends with your memorization abilities - guaranteed. Before we proceed let's do a quick 60 second test in the beginning and another quick test at the end of this article. For the following test you will need a sheet of paper and a pen. Now start the timer (click on the "Start" button to start the timer) and memorize as many words as you can. Once the timer shows "STOP" write down the words that you have memorized.

Ready? Click on start now!

START

STOP

  • milk
  • carrots
  • bread
  • melon
  • turkey
  • sugar free soda
  • cotton
  • chocolate
  • fish
  • sugar
  • lemon extract
  • popsicle

Now write down the number of words that you were able to memorize, we will refer to that number when you do the test one more time, this time armed with the newly acquired skill of memorization.

The fastest and most efficient way to memorize these words is by putting them in a story of your making. All of the professional memorizers use this technique and its variants (for example "walk through the house" technique) in this article we will concentrate on the most popular one, which is to memorize the words as if they were part of a story.

Concept: If you want to memorize "BrainPractices.com" you can either memorize the word brain and the word practice or you can picture a brain that's wearing a small set of glasses and practicing playing a giant golden violin. Which one would be easier to memorize? Instead of randomly picturing each word: milk, carrots, bread and melons we can put them in a story. For example you can have a story in which there is a sea of milk out of which a giant carrot warrior is getting out, the giant carrot has its hands extended on top of his orange head and he is carrying a shiny loaf of bread which he will sacrifice to the evil melon.

Play the story through your head a couple of times until you are comfortable with it. Your story should be fun for you to memorize, so if you like funny things think of a funny story or if you feel like you remember gory horror stories better then memorize a horror flick scene with the food elements as he main heroes.

The more shocking and unusual is the story the easier it will be to remember, so instead of memorizing fish and sugar you can memorize, how the giant sugar tsunami is sweeping through the city of cyborg- fish.

You are now ready to take the quiz again, use the newly acquired skill and memorize the following words in 60 seconds. Use the timer button for this test as well. Don't worry if you were unable to play the whole story through your mind again, in the beginning it is not going to come natural, this is an acquired skill that takes a little bit of practice. We have omitted the words used in the examples above, so as not to make the test too easy:

Ready? Click on start now!

START

STOP

  • tomatoes
  • vinegar
  • nuts
  • sushi
  • turkey
  • sugar free soda
  • cotton
  • chocolate
  • beef
  • salt
  • lemon extract
  • popsicle

Now write down the results and compare the results of both tests. Do you notice a difference? Congratulations, your memorization skills just got better than average.

Now you see how brain memory training was made easy with a simple brain memory training technique.