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The health and vitality of your brain affects the strength of your memory. Scientists have discovered, when it comes to our brain, that the human brain has an astonishing ability to adapt and change according to time. Whether you’re a student studying for final exams, a working professional interested in staying mentally sharp or an individual wanting to stay on top of thing in daily life there’s lots you can do to improve your memory and mental performance
Tip 1: Train Your Brain
Paying brain games or learning new stuff is a fun and effective way to exercise your cognitive skills and boost your memory. If you always stick to well-worn paths working on things in the same routine, you are not stimulating your brain enough to keep it growing and developing. You need to shake things up from time to time
- Crosswords, word-recall games, Tetris and even mobile apps dedicated to memory training are good ways to strengthen your memory.
- Think of something that you always wanted to try like learning to play the piano, making pottery or learning Turkish. New activities help you improve your memory as long as they are challenging and engaging for you
Tip 2: Take practical steps to support learning and memory
- Pay attention. You can’t remember something if you never learned it, and you can’t learn something if you don’t pay enough attention to it. If you’re easily distracted, pick a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted.
- Involve as many senses as possible. Try to relate information to colors, textures, smells, and tastes. Even if you’re a visual learner, read out loud what you want to remember.
- Relate information. Connect new data to information you already remember, whether it’s new material that builds on previous knowledge, or something as simple as an address of someone who lives on a street where you already know someone.
- Rehearse information. Review what you’ve learned the same day you learn it, and at intervals thereafter. This “spaced rehearsal” is more effective than cramming, especially for retaining what you’ve learned.
- Use mnemonic devices to make memorization easier. Mnemonics are clues of any kind that help us remember something by helping us associate the information we want to remember with a visual image, a sentence, or a word.
- 5 types of mnemonic device that can help
- Visual image
Link an image with a word or name to help you remember them better. These work by associating an image with characters or objects whose name sounds like the item that has to be memorized. Example: In physics, right hand rules are used to find the direction of force.
- Acrostic (or sentence)
Make up a sentence in which the first letter of each word is part of what you want to remember. Example: The sentence “Hali Nay Ki Rab Sy Faryad” to remember the first group of the periodic table in chemistry
An acronym is a word that is made up by taking the first letters of all the key words or ideas you need to remember and creating a new word out of them. Example: The word “NEWS” to remember North, East, West and South
Rhymes and even jokes are memorable way to remember more serious facts and figures. Example: The rhyme used to remember the months of the year with only 30 days in them.
Chunking breaks a long list of numbers or things into smaller and manageable chunks. Example: Remembering a phone number by breaking it down into three sets: 555-867-5309