How to Improve your Memory for Study

Prentice Hall
Jonathan Hancock  
Total pages
November 2011
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This book will show you how to use memory to revolutionise the way you study. It combines the latest research about how the memory works with practical strategies for putting it to use in every aspect of study.

How To Improve Your Memory explores everything we know about the thinking and learning skills required to succeed. It’s about developing a smart and efficient approach, using the brain at its best, and taking the stress and strain out of study in all its forms.

This text  is designed to interest, reassure, inspire, train – and, ultimately, to make studying in all its forms more enjoyable and more successful.


·        The book is supported by a range of online resources, including: diagnostic tests; interactive games and challenges and personal progress checks. These help you to personalise your approach and connect the material to the study demands of people every day, all around the world.

·        Delivers regular ‘wins’: short, powerful insights into memory and practical techniques that you can put to immediate use

Table of Contents







How to use this book


Your study brain

1 What is memory?

2 How memories are made

3 Switch on your memory

4 The right frame of mind


Where study starts

5 Warming up

6 Strategies for success


Learn to remember

7 Making memories

8 Telling stories

9 Memory journeys


Take it all in

10 Re-learning to read

11 Listen and learn


Right shape, right space

12 Getting physical

13 Memory zones


Total recall

14 Student survival

15 Memory for exams


Further reading



Back Cover





Is there a secret to successful study? The answer is ‘yes’! There are some essential skills and smart strategies that will help you to improve your results at university.


This easy-to-use guide identifies and addresses the areas where most students need help with basic memory skills and techniques that are essential in everyday life and academic study and provides straightforward, practical tips and solutions that will enable you to assess and then improve your performance.


HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY FOR STUDY provides all of the tips, tools and techniques that you will need to improve your ability to explore, process, store and use the vast range of information needed to succeed in your studies and maximise your performance and results, including: 

  • How to develop a smart and efficient approach to learning, using your brain at its best
  • How to use memory techniques to take the stress and strain out of study in all its forms
  • How to identify which memory techniques work best for you, and how to make them work
  • How to train and exercise your brain to keep it in optimum shape
  • How to revise effectively and perform well in exams

Visit to access a wealth of useful information, tips, templates and interactive activities that will support your skills development.



Jonathan Hancock is a graduate of Oxford University, a double world record breaker and former World Memory Champion, and the author of nine books on memory and learning. His tenth has just been published as part of Hodder’s popular Teach Yourself series. He has demonstrated his learning techniques on numerous radio and TV programmes, run memory training courses in business and education, and now works as a teacher in a busy city school. In 2008 he joined forces with The Learning Skills Foundation to become Founder of The Junior Memory Championship, the first national memory competition for primary-school children. He is preparing to launch The Senior Memory Championship.

Foreword by Professor Alan Baddeley. With degrees from the Universities of London, Princeton and Cambridge, he is a world authority on human memory. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Advisor to The Learning Skills Foundation. Alan Baddeley has a number of honorary degrees, and was awarded the CBE for his contribution to the study of memory.

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