Whether you participate in clubs, compete in sports or have a job, retaining information for class can sometimes be difficult.
Issues such as stress, tiredness or just having so many things on your plate can make it hard to concentrate and comprehend information.
Like sports and various competitions, to be the best requires exercise and conditioning. In order to retain and comprehend information, the brain requires consistent exercise and conditioning as well.
The brain is like a muscle in that if it is not used, the memory function will not be as sharp as it used to be so here are some tips to get whip your mind into shape.
Get education motivation
Do you ever have days where your drive to study has diminished and you tend to procrastinate because it is dull or difficult? Since the work has to be done, try to look at it with a positive angle. By learning with interest and motivation, it will be easier to comprehend the material. Don’t lose track by procrastinating or complaining, just get it done.
Repetition and review material
The memory works two ways; there is short term and long term. Unfortunately, instances such as retaining information for late night cram sessions are short term and are not the best methods for learning. Repetition and review are key elements to absorb the material long term. After class, review your notes while everything is fresh. Not only will this save you time but less stress in the long run.
Shake it up
Neurobic exercise is a form of brain exercise in which the senses are used in a different way than they are used to. For instance, instead of taking the same path to class or work, try an alternative route and enjoy the new surroundings or change the location of where you study. To get both sides of the brain working, use your non-dominant hand for activities like brushing your teeth or eating. In response to these changes, the brain’s circuits are activated and retention is at its highest peak.
There is a time for work and a time for play. Brain teasers and puzzles are great conditioning tools to keep the brain in top shape. Challenge yourself with memory games, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, video games or logic puzzles. You can even challenge your friends and play Scrabble or chess.
Get plenty of rest
Sleep is essential for the brain to function at its best. Unlike machines, the body has to have to down time to recuperate and restore itself. Get at least eight hours of sleep to improve your memory and learning ability. Sleep helps the brain process all the information that you have learned the day before. Having a lack of sleep can make it hard to concentrate and if you cannot concentrate then the information that you need to know has not been absorbed.
Remember, if you don’t use it then you just might lose it.