Ten Memory Improvement Tips

Memory is one of our most important brain functions. Not only does it store short term information but we depend on it to help us function every minute of everyday. Unfortunately many people do not realise that there are ways that they can improve their memory. This skill is not only useful for students, it is for everybody.

Sadly, most of us are given information everyday but only a small portion of this information is actually turned into long term memories. If you really want to improve your memory you might consider trying some or all of these easy tips.

  1. Concentrate: If you really want to remember something the first thing to do is to concentrate on the information you are trying to learn. This is especially true if you are trying to learn a new skill or subject. Give it your undivided attention.
  2. Play Games: Games are a great way to exercise and stimulate your brain. The brain is like every other muscle in the body; the more you exercise it the better it will function.
  3. Get Your Blood Circulating: If you find yourself losing your focus take a moment and get up and move around the room. Try some deep knee bends or stretches.
  4. Eat Brain Foods: In order for your brain to operate at its peak it needs to have the proper nutrients each day. Eating food rich in omega 3 will help as will increasing the amount of antitoxins that you consume.
  5. Use as Many Senses as Possible: People do not realise that memories are based on all of our senses. When trying to remember information the more senses you can incorporate the better. This could be doing something as simple as reading out loud so that you hear as well as see the information.
  6. Drink Water: Many people do not realise that when their body gets dehydrated you actually lessen your ability to focus. Stay away from coffee and sugar filled drinks. Water is the best way to hydrate your body.
  7. Use Acronyms: This is handy simple way of remembering things. You use the first letter of the things you have to remember to either make a word or a sentence. A great example of this is the acronym “HOMES” as a method to remember the great lakes. They are Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior.
  8. Reread and Review: If you are planning to learn a lot of information at one time. Highlight the information into point form and read and reread this information over a number of days. This will help to create long term memories.
  9. Room System: This system is based on using a familiar room to help you to remember a list of items. You begin by mentally picturing the room and then slowly adding the items on your list into the room. The idea is to associate the new items with stable old memories.
  10. Deep Breathing: If you are working for long periods of time take a moment and practice some deep breathing methods. Not only will this help you to relax it will help to get more oxygen to your brain.
Mark B.

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