I'm curious to know what kind of memory or mnemonic technique(s) people use to help them remember and retain information. Personally I don't use any technique(s). Actually I got the idea for this thread because I noticed I tend to encode information poorly.
So, what kind of "techniques" do you use?
Additional questions: How did you learn to use these techniques? Were you taught by someone/did you teach yourself or was it an "innate" skill you just happened to pick up? What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn how to use mnemonic techniques to help them retain information from reading books?