3 tips to improve your memory

Level: B1/B2

Type of English: general

Lesson activities: listening comprehension, vocabulary building, speaking practice. 

Grammar focus: present simple

Tags: memory tips, learning

Whether you want to remember shopping lists, decks of cards or even your dreams, memory coach Jordan Harry shares his top three tips.

During the 1-hour class your teacher will take notes of your mistakes and make corrections.

These will be emailed to you after the lesson.

It is a good idea to revise the same vocabulary at the start of the next lesson.

Opening Questions:

What are the 3 different meanings for the word tip?


Do you have a good memory?


Do you know any memory techniques?


Do you remember the new vocabulary from your last English class?


Have you ever heard of a memory coach? 


Name a game you can play with a deck of cards?


Are you a visual learner?

New Vocabulary Questions:

Can you use the verb form in a sentence?


If the Tesla stock price is stable, what is happening?


What is another verb for the phrasal verb “to take place”? 


Do you know how to juggle?


When do you use the verb acquire rather than buy?


Is grey matter something that isn’t explained clearly or the material in your brain?


Have you ever heard of the hippocampus?


Typically, who lives in a palace?


What’s the difference between clockwise and anticlockwise?


What information does the label of your cloths tell you?


If I label someone as a cheat, what am I saying?


Can you name 3 objects in your room?


What is the difference between recall and remember?


Do you like to sketch ideas?

Watch the Video:

Task: Try to remember the 3 functions

Listening Comprehension Questions:

What 3 functions do you need to make new memories?


What do the 3 words mean?


What can you do to exercise your memory?


What is a memory palace?


What does your brain do when you are asleep?


What are the advantages of recalling your dreams? 


What do memory experts do with memory palaces? And why?


Will you try to keep a dream diary like Stephen King?


Have you ever wanted to learn to juggle?


What is your party trick?


Why would someone train to be a memory expert?

New Vocabulary Practice:

What is the perfect balance between form and function?

Name 2 things that are stable in your life.

Describe an event that will take place this weekend. 

How many different roles do you juggle in your life? Describe

Have you acquired any new skills recently?

Do phones, tablets, and screens affect the grey matter?

What is Caeser’s palace?

Can you use the verb clockwise when constructing furniture from Ikea?  and anticlockwise?

Names 2 places where we see labels.

What do you recall about your last English lesson?

Name 2 things that you can sketch.


Let’s try to create a memory palace! 

Which 5 new words did you learn today?

Step 1 = start at the door to the palace and go anticlockwise around the room.  

Identify 5 objects and label them 1 to 5 in order. Tell your teacher the 5 things. Your teacher will write it down. 

Step 2 = Using the 1st object, place a new English word on that object. (In the video is it an apple on a bed)

Step 3 = create a visual image and exaggerate it 

Step 4 = repeat the process with all 5 objects in your memory palace. 


A tip = an extra payment for a service ( like a waiter/ waitress) 

A tip = a piece of advice 

A tip = the tip of a pencil/ the end point of something 

A deck of cards = 52 cards to play a game / used to play poker 

To form = to structure 

Stable = consistent, not moving very much 

To take place = to happen 

To juggle = to use 2 or more things at the same time 

To acquire = to buy/used in a formal context, not always with money 

Grey matter = the material of the brain 

Hippocampus = the part of the brain responsible 

Palace = where the royals live 

Clockwise = to turn to the right 

Anticlockwise = turn to the left 

A label = a tag with information 

To label = to name something / someone 

To sketch = to draw / to outline ( like a cartoon, or an idea) 

To recall = bring (a fact, event, or situation) back into one’s mind; remember:

3 functions:

Acquiring = to begin to learn something / to take / to buy 

Consolidating = to reinforce what you have learned 

Recall = to remember and use it in the future 


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