4 Tips to Improve your Memory Power
It’s safe to say that, whether it’s preparing for an exam or giving a presentation at work, most of us do have a hard time remembering some of the tougher information we pored through the previous day. Even during our normal routine, we are all prone to occasional lapses in memory and displays of absent mindedness. This is generally not a big deal, since we live in a highly digitalized internet age where unimaginable information can be looked up on your phone in barely a second.
Nonetheless, if you tend to slip into memory blocks during exams, such as the aforementioned scenario, it could turn out to be a huge mess. We all know, or been in the shoes even, of students who spend a great deal of time preparing for exams only to walk into the exam hall and realize they’re having a tough time grasping what they learnt. Keeping situations like these in mind, there are a few simpler tricks that will ensure your brain filters the tons of information that you cram into its brain and only recollects the crucial ones.
Yes, you knew this was going to be the first one. Most certainly not a cliché, eating the right food will keep your brain as sharp as a tack. You might not be enthused or even surprised to know that most of these foods are limited to broccoli and other leafy vegetables, as well as curry. These contain the right vitamins that are essential to making sure you retain a sharp memory. Please consult your local nutrition for precise guidance on these necessary supplements.
Lots and lots of rest
True to form, here’s lots of rest recommended for you straight after a healthy meal. Resting for a considerable amount of time every day is crucial to keep your body devoid of stress. Remember, for your body to keep functioning like clockwork, it needs its ‘shut-off’ time on a consistent basis, just like a well oiled machine. In this day and age, it is easy to get caught up in endless weeks of staying back late at work, or out partying with friends, to not realize that you’ve fallen into a vicious cycle of sleeping late and for infrequent periods of time, throwing your whole biological cycle into disarray, and most definitely taking a toll on your brain.
‘REPRESENT’ crucial information
This is an easy yet beautifully effective way of remembering crucial information, whether it’s a complex theorem for your exams or just someone’s phone number you’re not able to recollect. When you read or hear important information that you know you’re going want to recall at some later point, assign some sort of easier representation to it. This can be some picture, or even some song, that reminds you of that piece of information. Let’s assume it’s someone’s phone number you want to store in memory. The beginning is usually the toughest part to remember, as the rest of the pieces fall into place once this is done. Associate something to the initial 3-4 numbers, probably a famous cricketer that wears those numbers on his jersey for example. This technique will help you sail past the main hurdle of ‘starting’ to remember something. Once you have this fixed starting point covered, the rest of the information will quickly and automatically arrange itself in your brain.
Indulge in or imagine practical knowledge
This one is exclusively for pre examination nerves. While it is necessary to stay calm and avoid too much swotting, it also helps if you could practically try out some of the concepts you are studying. This will help it really stay rooted in your memory, since it’s so much more difficult to forget something you did than something you read about. Yes, it’s not always possible to practically try out everything in your textbooks. In such cases, you could imagine the whole text unfolding in your brain as a sequence of actions, or a story. Such a pictorial attribution will definitely give you a greater chance of recalling this information at a later date without any fuss.