research finds that just 30 minutes of memory practice a day, for a total of 40 days, can reorganise your brain connectivity. Life would be a lot more impressive if you were a memory athlete. From remembering the little details like where you put your car keys, to the more important matters like your bank PIN codes, general knowledge facts, and work-related information recall, you would be placed for success and looked upon as greatness by your colleagues. Most of us, though, are not wired that way.

But do not be dissuaded. Thanks to neuroplasticity, anyone can transform their faulty memory. As the saying goes “What you are born with is not what you are stuck with.”

There are several comparatively easy things an individual can do to improve their memory. The first step is to learn memory techniques. Just like how there are techniques for reading a book or writing, there are techniques when it comes to memorisation. Without memory techniques, one will surely fail in their quest to attain memory prowess like Sherlock Holmes.

An example of a memory technique is called the acrostic method. A mnemonic device is a trick designed to make remembering things easier. For example, if you are trying to remember the colour of the rainbow, you can use ROYGBIV.

Another more advanced mnemonic technique is called a mind palace, also known as the Memory Palace, the Roman Room or the Method of Loci.

The mind palace does not have to be based on a real place, but that helps: The more intimate you are with the structure, the more easily you can find what you’re looking for. For example, your mind palace could be a representation of your current house. Anther examples can include, your old house, your parent’s house, your friend’s house and even your office.

The memory palace is believed to have been invented by the Greek poet called Simonides of Ceos. Simonides developed his memory about 2,500 years ago, in miserable situations. The rooftop of a banquet chamber, full of people, collapsed and squashed many of them beyond recognition. Simonides then had to recall where the guest had been sitting along the tables to verify their deaths, therefore, method of location, method of loci or the memory palace.