Proven Methods that Help Improve Memory

Proven Methods that Help Improve Memory

April 15, 2012  |  Memory Techniques, Study Method

Learning how to improve memory is a goal pursued by men and women from all lifestyles and age brackets. Whether you are a student who wishes to do well in class or a fifty-year old grandmother who wants to keep up with your grandchildren, there is never really a wrong time for improving your memory skills.

Some known causes of poor memory skills are high stress levels brought by work demands and lack of sleep. In order for you to deal with the consequences, you need to be ready to change your priorities and lifestyle.  Studies show that adults generally sleep eight to nine hours of sleep per day and while many of us often have a hard time coping up with this requirement, there are other ways that we can improve memory and achieve the success we want in life.

Keep your brain active and functioning via reading. The human mind is like a plant that withers if left unattended and for you to keep it active, make sure that you learn new things each time an opportunity presents itself. For some people, “reading” is synonymous with “boring and uninteresting” but that might be due to their poor reading skills. It might be useful to spend some time working on learning to speed read to help with the process of coping with large amounts of reading material, but in general simply reading a few pages or a newspaper column every day will keep your brain cells active and stronger.

The memory training software that is being sold online, is widely considered by experts to be an effective tool for learning. Good software generally consists primarily of games, concepts and exercises that can help you improve your memory and may also help you become a faster reader.

Get physical exercise daily or at least try to incorporate this healthy habit in your weekly regimen. Some may consider exercising as leading to only physical improvement, but many experts attribute exercise to mental nourishment as well. Physical fitness leads to proper blood circulation, which is essential in achieving proper brain function. Therefore, it takes a certain amount of physical exercise to be able to retain important information.

Use your senses the right way. Help your mind by using your primary senses (including your sense of smell, vision and taste) to stimulate your brain and memory. In other words, try to apply visualization as part of your learning techniques to improve memory. Remembering dates, names and places are part of the process and if you are struggling with this, try to use images and other mnemonic devices. Associating events with details that you tend to remember easily, like relative’s names, can be applied as part of this technique. Or if you are having a hard time remembering concepts, the use of association via letters or acronyms can be helpful as well.

About the author

ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


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