Memory power is an important skill affecting the academic success of children and the working life of adults. However, the intense pace of modern life can mean people’s memories become more and more forgetful, particularly if they’re not actively using techniques to help their mind (and hence the quote “The palest ink is stronger than the sharpest memory”).

We’d like to share some of our tried-and-tested ways to improve your memory.

improve Visual memory


Improves visual memory, auditory memory, decision-making skills

improve Visual memory


Improves spatial memory and short-term memory

auditory memory technique


Improves short-term memory, prolonged attention, auditory memory.


Visual memory is the recollection of what you have physically seen. Your visual memory even can abstractly shape mental representations of things, people and places that are absent from your current view.

This is known as the mind's eye. When we see a concrete object, we can memorize it as it is with no need to force our imagination. When someone says "chair", you’ll quickly picture a chair you’ve previously seen, most likely one with four legs. This is an example of using our visual memory without forcing it.

However, what kind of visual pops into your mind when you hear the word "excitement"? Excitement is an abstract and personal concept and so our brain creates a visual based on one of our memories of excitement.

Every word triggers a response in our minds

The answer to the question "What is visual memory?" might have been registered as a giant question mark when you first read this post. Hopefully, when you’re faced with this question again, your visual memory will kick-in with a recollection, including chairs and excitement. This is an example of visual memory techniques.

Now, let’s have a look at some more visual memory training techniques in detail.


People who believe their visual memory is weak often complain that they cannot remember other people’s names or faces. They also find it challenging to memorize travel routes or words, even after they’ve just read it.

Visual memory is often linked to spatial perception and attention. Here are some visual memory training techniques.


Techniques to Help Remember Faces:

Do you struggle to remember someone you’ve just met when you meet them in a different environment the next day? The cause of this is most likely your lack of attention and purpose during your first meeting. The key to remembering someone’s face is understanding why you’re interested in that person. If they are not important to you, then you’re more likely to forget who they are.

You can strengthen your visual memory by linking the people you see with a relevant mental association. For example, you can privately nickname your office’s technician as "Superman" when you look at them.

Another way would be looking at people’s faces very carefully and see the details. If you pay attention to certain features such as their ears, nose, eyes, and forehead, it becomes easier to remember that face.


Techniques to Remember Names:

As far as remembering names is about verbal memory, it is also about with visual memory as well. Even if a person's name does not create any image in your mind, you will eventually remember the written form of the name on a paper. So, you will be transforming the word into a visual, but this is a weak method.

The best way to keep names in mind: To find the meaning of the name or the first image that the name brings to your mind. Example: You may think Minion Bob with his Teddy bear, in order to keep the name ‘Bob’ in your mind. When you make fiction for the name "Richard" and you say "A Rich man who lives in Ardoch took a deep breath ", remembering the name can be easier. Because the more interesting and nonsense the photographic composition you create, the more likely it can be remembered.


Techniques to Help Remember Places:

Have you forgotten where you parked your car at the shopping centre? A trick to remember this is to associate your parking spot with mental images of the surrounding environment. For example, you parked your car diagonally from the shopping centre front doors. If the car park was a chessboard, your car is the Knight chess piece. It’s one L-shaped move away from the door. Now it’s much easier to find your Knight 😀

Developing Visual Memory with General Techniques

You can strengthen your visual memory by performing exercises, such as our MentalUP Memory Games, which support you to practice using your memory and keep your brain fit. MentalUP includes various memory games and exercises, including remembering maps, images, patterns letters, and numbers.

You can level up with each completed game

Moving to the next level allows you to take on a harder challenge and keep improving your visual memory.


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Echoic memory is the ability to recall voices and consecutive voice instructions, either instantly or whenever necessary. You can play our MentalUP Bird Voices game to test your echoic memory. The Bird Voices game performs echoic and visual memory tests, with personalised difficulty levels.

what is visual echoic memory how to improve

Just like our bodies, our memories need exercise to stay fit and healthy. The more you practice using your memory, the stronger it will become. At MentalUP, we have a fun selection of brain exercise games to challenge and improve your auditory memory. No more forgetting to bring the milk back from the supermarket!

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