I used to try to catch those precognitive dreams by keeping a dream diary, but it never became useful as in something I could predict by re-reading old dreams. I would only recognize a "dream come true" a moment before it happened, which you can imagine was frustrating! So, I just left that alone, but you could try and maybe you'll get better results.
Being able to sense by contact is called psychometry. I tried to hone it the same way as dreams, except with Zener cards, not much luck there either.
But don't worry: you're not alone.