07/19/2011 08:30 am ET | Updated Sep 18, 2011

5 Ancient Techniques To Boost Memory

"What was on the grocery list, again?"

"Where did I park my car?"

"Did I turn off the coffee maker?"

These are just a few examples of questions most of us have probably asked ourselves at some point. And though we'll probably never have the need to remember the amount of information memorized by 2011 USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis, we don't want to be constantly forgetful, either.

Some techniques for remembering information date back centuries and are still useful today. The following details some of these methods -- you might be surprised to find you've used one while studying for an exam or trying to remember names and faces at work!