How To Improve Memory

April 21, 2010  |  Study Skills  |  9 Comments

Forgetting is easy, remembering is hard. Why is this? Well, there are obviously a number of different aspects one needs to consider to be able to answer that question properly. However, there are simple tips & tools you can use like recommended memory software which can help you improve your memory right here and now.

This article covers some basic techniques to improve your memory. If you wish to learn more advanced techniques on how to improve memory. Please take a look at the Study Guide PRO by clicking here.

You are not a circus elephant

Don’t believe the myth. Believing that you have a bad memory is the first mistake. Don’t convince yourself that you’ve got a bad memory by default, no matter what people say. All you need to do is harness the memory capabilities that are already present. You see, people don’t develop a bad memory all of sudden, it usually takes time and effort to convince oneself of this. Take the circus elephant for instance.

If you’ve ever been to a circus, you’ll know that the elephants are usually tied up in chains starting from a young age. It lies in the elephants nature to want to escape and it most certainly tries in the beginning. But after a while, when it’s been chained up for a couple of years (it’s pretty horrible when you think of it), it simple gives up. If you were to remove it’s chains it would in most cases NOT try to escape. Now why is this?

Well, you see the elephant has now already convinced itself that fighting back is fruitless and thus it still believes that the chains are there. There’s a lesson to be learned here. You need to remove these invincible chains that are blocking you from remembering things before you can proceed to improve your memory.

2. Throw away the lifelines

Lifelines are the things you hold on to just in case you were to forget. For instance, if you go shopping and keep a grocery list that’s you lifeline or if someone gives you their number and you write it down that’s also a lifeline. By relying on these notes and applications you make less use of your memorization capabilities. Obviously there are times when something must be written down due to it’s importance but in most cases you can go without doing this. So the next time you’re out shopping or a friend gives you a number, don’t write it down and instead try to remember it. The more you do this, the more your brain will start to putting things into memory again.

3. Repeat it, repeat it

It’s extremely difficult to remember something when you’ve only heard it once. Why do you remember your own phone number? Is it because it’s “easier” or because you’ve said it out loud so many times it has stuck in your memory. This is exactly what we want to achieve. If you have something important to remember, always repeat it to yourself as often as possible and if you could, try to talk about it often as well. When you discuss an idea, it’s easier for your brain to remember what was being discussed than simply what you had in your head.

4. Eat well, drink well yada yada

We all know this but how easy it is to forget! Don’ eat to much nor to little or you won’t be able to remember this riddle. Moderation is the key. If you eat too much you’ll feel tired and drowsy and if you eat to little, you’ll feel hungry and fatigued. Both these things are great obstacles standing in your way towards a better memory.

5. Organize your life

Keep things organized. It doesn’t have to be ordered in the way that other people view as organized as long as it fulfills the purpose. The more organized you become, the keener you become to remembering things. That’s why I recommend you to make mental lists in your head. By organizing information you make it easier to recall in the future. Always try to keep it simple and straightforward.

6. Practice

There’s really no super simple technique to drastically improve your memory. In order to improve it you need both patience and a lot of practice. The more you practice, the better. I hope you enjoyed these tips of mine, if you want to learn some advanced memorization techniques I would deeply recommend you to take a look at the Study Guide PRO. It contains a whole section on advanced techniques on how to improve ones memory.

Best Study Room

April 19, 2010  |  Study Tips  |  2 Comments

Where’s the best place to study, the best possible study room? There’s – in my opinion – not a simple and straightforward answer to that question. What we can say though, is that that the best study room is the place that a) satisfies the basic conditions and b) goes beyond this

So what do we mean by all of this? Read More

The Lazy Student #3 Issue

April 3, 2010  |  Lazy Student Series  |  13 Comments

Today you’ll discover a way to learn and memorize information without actually doing something. Sounds too good to be true? Well it’s not, because here’s how to do it. Read More

Do You Keep Track of Your Studies?

April 1, 2010  |  General Tips, Study Method  |  3 Comments

One of the most common ills of the modern student is the inability to stay focused on ones goals. We tend to draft away from our specific objectives and loose track of not only time but ourselves in the process. Are you sick and tired of this? Well this is how you alleviate the problem: Read More

The New Edition of Study Guide PRO

The New Edition of Study Guide PRO

March 22, 2010  |  2 Comments

Hurrah!

The Study Guide PRO has been updated. As some of you might know, the study guide pro is an ebook that covers a wide range of topics dealing with higher education. You’ll learn

– How to concentrate
– Loads of new study techniques
– How to improve your test scores, read faster and much more

The new edition (third one) features a
a) completely new design (look below for pictures)
b) new material (especially on concentrating) and
c) new price. It’s now reduced from 15 USD to 9.95 USD.

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GeoGebra

February 4, 2010  |  Free Math Software  |  No Comments

GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software designed for all levels of education. It joins arithmetic, geometry, algebra and calculus while offering multiple representations of an object in its graphic, algebraic, and spreadsheet form. Different views that are all dynamically linked. Read More

Writer’s Block

January 30, 2010  |  Note-Taking  |  14 Comments

Unfortunately we all know what writer’s block is and how painful it can be but is there a way to overcome it?

First of all, let’s try to define the word to get a feel for it. Writer’s block is a condition in which an author momentarily loses the ability to produce new work. This condition varies widely in intensity, sometimes it lasts for a few seconds/minutes and other times it can last for months.

There are many different ways to overcome writers block, below I will mention some that I find very useful. Remember that, although it may be difficult at the moment to get anything down on paper, if you have patience and keep trying eventually it usually starts to flow.

6 Words That Eliminate Writers Block

What are these six words you ask? Before I reveal them, let me introduce the man who came up with the neat little formula we’re about to learn.

His name was Rudyard Kipling and is regarded as a main innovator in the art of the short story. During his lifetime he wrote this powerful, yet concise poem describing these 6 amazing words:

“I keep six faithful serving men
Who teach me well and true
Their names are What and Where and When
And How and Why and Who.”

If you ever get stuck while writing, always think of those 6 words:

Blue Arrow What: What am I writing about? What will be included? What type of content is relevant and so forth.

Blue Arrow Where: Where does this take place? Where can I collect the information needed and so forth

Blue Arrow When: When does it take place? When will I be finished and so forth…

Blue Arrow How: How did this happen? How can I collect more information on the subject and so forth…

Blue Arrow Why: Why did this happen? Why should I have to do it in this manner, can’t I do it in this matter instead?…

Blue Arrow Who: Who was responsible for this? Who can I talk to in order to get more info and so forth…

Movement is good

What’s really stopping you from writing is usually the movement it self and not so often the lack of ideas. This means that, as long as you keep on moving that pen (or keep on pressing those keys) you won’t (hopefully) face any writers block! For instance, you might start out your story in this manner:

“I had just opened the door when all of a sudden yada yada so I called out in fear yadayda” The yada yada represents the block and instead of just stopping completely you should write yada yada instead. Remember, you’re writing a draft so nothing says it has to be perfect. It’s the end result that matters anyway, right? When you feel that you’re finished, just go back and revise it. It’s as simple as that.

Write With Passion

What I am about to reveal to you is so chocking it could give your English teacher a heart attack! 🙂 Here it goes: You should always (momentarily) FORGET about grammar when starting on a novel/essay and just focus on writing. Write with passion, write with insight, write as if your life depended on it!

Turn Off The Inner Editor!

Have you ever noticed that your writing is the most intense when it comes naturally without any external compulsion? Why is it so? I really don’t know, all that matters is the fact that it works like this and that you should write in this matter.

Yes, grammar are is important but you’re not writing in stone which means that you can always go back later and edit your material. The important thing is; just write and let your passion splash all over your draft.

This Weeks Quote #5

January 28, 2010  |  Education Quotes  |  3 Comments

It’s time again for another (hopefully) inspiring educational quote. Today, the quote comes from a clinical psychiatrist who studied, lectured, and wrote about the connections between neurobiology and psychoanalytical concept. Read More

Maxima

January 24, 2010  |  Free Math Software  |  No Comments

Maxima works by manipulating symbolic & numerical expressions, such differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, linear equations, polynomials, as well as sets, lists, vectors, matrices, and tensors.

Maxima can yield high precision numeric results by using exact fractions, integers of arbitrary precision, as well as variable precision floating point numbers. With maxima you can plot functions and data in both two and three dimensions which makes it perfect for plotting graphs.

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Math Test Creator

January 22, 2010  |  Free Math Software  |  2 Comments

This program is intended for math teachers (but one could also use it to test oneself) teaching elementary kids. Math Test Creator generates math exams along with answer sheets. These tests are meant to be taken by students in 1st to the 7th grade. Read More