To memorize better block your eyes and ears.
I should have know better and never stop using my 30DB ear mufflers as well as a black taped eye glasses or eye protectors in order to develop a Superb Memory. From time to time some article reminds me that the less noise you have at input, the better your overall learning experience results.
The number one cause of forgetting is not learning in the first place, a nice article on the topic concludes:
Dividing your attention can be enough to prevent you from detecting and paying attention to the relevant information. If you add stress, then your ability to detect what is relevant is compromised because it acts as a form of interference that prevents you from: (1) Paying attention (2) Determining what is relevant (3) Paying attention to what is relevant and ultimately encoding it. You cannot forget something you have not encoded in the first place! Each stage of memory is vulnerable to stress (i.e. consolidation and retrieval) and importantly, stress is not always an external influence on memory, what goes on in our mind can be a very potent source of stress interference.
This article included three tests about memorizing a list of 6 objects in different circumstances, how did I do on these tests? It took me 15 seconds on the first one (single task), 22 seconds on the second test (while tapping my leg with my hand), and 36 seconds on the last one (while repeating “Bla, Bla, Bla…”). Dam… I really should, at least, start wearing again those earmuffs. I don’t want to loose the opportunity of learning more, just because I’m wasting more the double the time necessary for memorizing.
I have a good pair of ear mufflers, but my eye protectors are not black taped… yet! Remember a Superb Memory requires tools!