How To Overcome Procrastination - Help and Solutions

How To Overcome Procrastination – Help and Solutions

October 3, 2013  |  How to, Managing Time, Self-Improvement  |  No Comments

Charles Dickens once famously remarked: “My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”; pertinent advice for all that are listening, one must agree. The reasonable person within us tends to agree with this sentiment, it is after all only logical to not postpone important work until tomorrow when it can just as easily be finished today.

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Memory Loss: Symptoms and Prevention

Memory Loss: Symptoms and Prevention

April 17, 2012  |  Memory Techniques, Self-Improvement  |  No Comments

Memory loss is quite common, especially among people who reach a certain age.

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Memory Improvement Exercises You Can Do Every Day

Memory Improvement Exercises You Can Do Every Day

April 16, 2012  |  Memory Techniques, Self-Improvement  |  No Comments

Experts agree that the human brain works just like muscles. Just like physical exercise improves your body’s strength, you can improve your memory.

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The Lazy Person’s Guide to Improving Memory

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Improving Memory

April 15, 2012  |  Memory Techniques, Self-Improvement  |  No Comments

Improving your memory is easy, provided that you know the basics. Even if you think you have no time or energy for memory improvement, following these simple tips could help.

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Physical Exercises To Help Improve Memory

Physical Exercises To Help Improve Memory

If you are not the exercising type, it might be time to start to reconsider. You are most likely well aware of all the benefits that come with proper exercise, most of whom are health related.

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How to Remember Lists In 3 Easy Steps

How to Remember Lists In 3 Easy Steps

April 12, 2012  |  Memory Techniques, Self-Improvement  |  No Comments

In this article, we’ll discuss the topic of memorizing lists. Almost any subject can be divided into a list consisting of separate objects.

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Bad Habits That Can Cause Memory Loss

Bad Habits That Can Cause Memory Loss

April 11, 2012  |  Memory Techniques, Self-Improvement  |  No Comments

As people get older, they often begin to look for methods of improving memory. This is because aging brings with it memory lapses which cause you to forget important dates and information. Memory lapses usually indicate that the brain cells aren’t performing optimally and may mean that some of the neurons within the brain are damaged. Such damage and memory loss is frequently caused or made worse by certain bad habits. If you recognize yourself in any of the descriptions below, make a point to change your habits for the better now to ensure that you don’t suffer from memory loss later.

• Poor Diet
Proper diet plays a major role in improving memory as well as overall health. While poor food choices have long been known to cause health issues, there’s growing evidence that they can also cause memory problems Research shows that consuming fatty foods causes a decline in cognitive function; this is in addition to weight gain and heart disease. However, this isn’t to say that all fats are bad for the memory. In fact, fatty acids such as Oleic Fatty Acids and Omega-3 Fatty Acids can safeguard your brain against the effects of old age.

Similarly, a 2008 study1 that was conducted by the psychology department of Tufts University revealed that low-carb diets are bad for your memory. This is because our brain cells require glucose in order to function optimally. When you reduce your carbohydrate intake, your body is unable to supply your brain with the required amount of glucose.

It is important to be careful about what you eat. Avoid fatty foods and low-carb diets and ensure that you eat a nutrient-rich diet.

• Smoking
Smoking is one of the leading causes of neuron damage and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, several studies have found a link between smoking and brain cell death. Nicotine and the other 42 carcinogens present in most cigarettes are responsible for the death of brain cells, which ultimately results in poor memory.

• Alcohol
You probably already know that alcohol in excess causes blackouts; most people do not remember anything after a night of drinking. What you may not know is that alcohol intake also increases the risk of dementia and other memory problems.

• Lack of exercise
Exercise is important for your brain’s health. In fact, a study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences shows that regular exercise can prevent memory loss in old age.2 This is because exercise alters the volume of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is responsible for memory formation.

In addition, memory training and mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise. Mental exercises such as those performed using memory training software help to keep your memory alert while at the same time improving concentration. It is never too late to begin exercising your brain; you can begin training your memory at any time regardless of your age.

Four Brain Boosters for Helping Improve Study Skills

Four Brain Boosters for Helping Improve Study Skills

The human brain is by far the most complex organic object to have ever been found in nature. After nearly a century and a half of unrelenting examination, we’re only just now starting to crack the codes of the cerebral.

As far as studiers are concerned, this is a bit of a shame, because we’re not very good at understanding why some people ace tests and others don’t despite having identical intelligence quotients and hours of devoted study.

With that said, there are a few “hacks” you can try on your own that some preliminary science has suggested can improve your ability to critically think and commit knowledge to memory. They won’t replace interventions for differentiated instructions and other alternatives to standard study that have proven to help folks, but they may help you score higher on tests and exams if you put them into practice.

Four such brain boosters are as follows:

  1. Switch hands when performing certain tasks

    When it comes to non-hazardous daily tasks such as brushing your teeth and putting butter on toast, switch up the hand you usually use. Studies have shown that doing so can increase IQ scores within weeks. It’s thought that by performing familiar tasks with your hands while closing your eyes, you force your brain to essentially “work” in a new way. This in turn can lead to you having an easier time thinking critically.

  2. Close your eyes when performing certain tasks

    Again, we aren’t advocating that you operating machinery or shoot a rifle with your eyes closed. But try taking a shower without the benefit of vision (come shampoo time you practically do anyway). Manipulating bottles and faucets while blind makes your brain once again have to fire off neurons in new places, which leads to you have a more creative mindset going into the day.

  3. Study in the same place

    New study environments will distract you. In addition, the information you consume will get mixed up with distinct memories of the new experience. Instead, hit the books in your bedroom or somewhere else very familiar. That way virtually every iota of information entering your brain is involved with the material you need to be learning.

  4. Review right before bed

    It’s critical you take the time to review recently learned material on that same day. Bedtime provides a great opportunity for this. Not only has every other concern of the day subsided by that point, your brain uses sleep as a time to convert recently learned information into long-term memory. By reviewing that day’s material right before you fall asleep, you increase the chances of it sticking with you as time marches on.

The aforementioned four brain boosters are not going to cause C students to start churning out A material overnight or even after several weeks. But chances are they will help you think a little bit fresher and retain information for a little bit longer. As far as academic improvements are concerned, they’re a great place to start.

What To Bring To College?

What To Bring To College?

May 9, 2011  |  General Tips, Self-Improvement  |  No Comments

Looking for a guide on what things to bring with you to college? Well, look no further! In this post we go through some essential items that you need to bring with you on your way to college.

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How To Choose a Career

How To Choose a Career

February 10, 2011  |  General Tips, How to, Self-Improvement  |  3 Comments

It has to be done, sooner or later you will have to join a profession of some sort. This post will guide you through this process of finding the right career choice that fits you and your specific needs.

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