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Brain Power Level Up: 8 Ways To Remember Absolutely Everything You Learn

Brain Power Level Up: 8 Ways To Remember Absolutely Everything You Learn

Many people wish they had a better memory for revising and learning, but through using only a few tricks you can vastly improve your memory. The mind has a phenomenal ability to store and recall huge amounts of information. Anyone can improve their learning abilities and their memory; check out these 8 ways to remember absolutely everything you learn below.

1. Summarize every paragraph you read

After you have finished reading a paragraph, write a small summary of the paragraph in the margins of the page. This means you have to process the paragraph, make sense of it in your mind, then rephrase it in a way you can immediately understand.

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2. Pace yourself

If you put yourself under pressure to learn a lot in a small amount of time it is very unlikely that you will succeed. The pressure will make you feel stressed and you may struggle to stay focused. Set realistic goals that you can actually stick to so you only have to worry about learning.

3. Remove all distractions

The world we live in is filled with distractions, from social media, to your phone, to an open-plan office. You will learn best if you shut out all distractions, so switch off your internet and mobile and sit in a room alone. It is also helpful to switch off any music, or replace it with music without lyrics. It isn’t enough to say yes to learning – you also need to say no to the distractions.

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4. Use repetition

Write down everything you learn at least three times. This may seem excessive but it means you are far more likely to remember everything. Writing out facts will help you to recall them quickly, and it will help you to realize what you already know so you can focus on the facts you don’t know as well.

5. Use visuals

Many people are unaware of the link between vision and memory, but you are much more likely to remember something if you associate an image with it. For instance, if you are introduced to 10 new people over a telephone, you may only remember a name or two. However, if you were introduced to the same people at a party, you are more likely to remember more people because you have an image associated with them.

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To help you to remember everything you learn, visualize what you are learning about happening in front of you. The image will stick in your mind, making it easier for you to recall the information.

6. Learn about things you enjoy

It is much easier for us to remember things that we enjoy rather than things that bore us. For example, it is very likely that you still know all of the words to an engaging song you haven’t heard for years. If you are learning about something that you find dull it will be tough for you to become genuinely interested, but it is likely you can actually make it interest you.

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Ask yourself these questions; why do I find this dull? How can I make it interesting? Will learning this benefit me? Can I use this knowledge to improve my situation?

7. Make sure you get enough sleep

How much sleep you get will determine how well you learn and remember things. Instead of staying up all night to study, make sure you get a full night’s sleep so you can be refreshed before you start learning. This means you are more likely to stay focused and remember what you learn.

8. Connect what you’re learning about with something you already know about

The more mental connections you can attach to a piece of information, the more likely you are to remember. When you learn something new, try to link it to something you already know. This will make it easier for you to recall the information.

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Last Updated on December 17, 2018

Read this and stop feeling overwhelmed…for good!

Read this and stop feeling overwhelmed…for good!

We live in a time of productivity overload.

Everywhere you turn are articles and books about how to be more productive, how to squeeze 27 hours of work out of every 24, how to double your work pace, how to do more and more all in the name of someday getting out of the rat race. Well this is about the side effects of those ideas. If we aren’t multitasking, we feel lazy. If we aren’t doing everything, we feel like we’re slacking. We compare ourselves to others who we think are doing more, having more, getting more and achieving more, and it’s driving us crazy. We feel overwhelmed when we think we have too much to do, too much is expected of us, or that a stressor is too much for us to handle. And we respond by lashing out with emotions of anger, irritability, anxiety, doubt and helplessness.

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This season especially is the most stressful time of year. Between the holidays, final exams, family gatherings and general feelings of guilt that it’s the end of the year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking of all the things you still need to get done. But if you use these tips, not only will you get the important stuff done, you’ll keep your sanity while doing it!

    Is this you?

    Change your thought pattern-stop thinking negatively

    When you feel overwhelmed, the first thing you do is start thinking negatively or begin to resent why it’s your responsibility in the first place! The first thing you have to do is to stop! Stop thinking negatively immediately. Instead, focus on the positive. If you’re stuck in traffic, think of how great it is to have some time to yourself. If you’re rushing trying to get things done by a deadline, think how lucky you are to have a purpose and to be working towards it. If you’re stressing about a final exam, think of how fortunate you are to be given the opportunity of higher education. After you’ve changed your thought patterns, you must then say to yourself “I can do this.” Keep saying it until you believe it and you’re more than halfway to ending feeling overwhelmed.

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    Take a deep breath/change your body posture

    When you’re stressed certain things happen to your body. You start to breath shallowly, you hunch over, you immediately tense up and all that tension drives your feelings of stress even more. Relax! Straighten your posture and take at least ten deep, cleansing, breaths. Force yourself to smile and do something to change your state. It could be as simple as giving yourself a hug or as silly as clapping your hands three times, throwing them up in the air and shouting “I GOT THIS!” Think to yourself, how would I sit/stand if I had perfect confidence and control of the situation?

    Focus on right now

    Now that you are in a better state of mind and are no longer thinking negatively, you need to focus on the here and now. Ask yourself this question: What is the most important thing I have control of and can act on right now? Keep asking yourself this until you have a concrete next step.

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    Take Action

    Now that you know what’s most important and what to do about it, do it! Start with the first step and focus on getting that done. Don’t worry about anything else right now, just on what your first step is and how to get it done. Once that’s done with, determine the next most important step and get that done.

    Let go of what you can’t control (the gambler’s theory)

    Seasoned gamblers understand the importance of due diligence and knowing when to let go. The Gambler’s Theory is that once your bet is placed there is nothing you can do, so you might as well relax and enjoy the process. The time to worry is when you’re figuring out the best odds and making the decision of what to bet when you can actually take action. I used this one a lot in college. After an exam, there is absolutely no point in stressing about it. There’s nothing you can do. And the same goes for feeling overwhelmed. If you can do something about your situation, do it, focus and take action. But if you’ve done what you could and now are just waiting, or if you’re worried about something you have no control over, realize that there’s no point. You might as well relax and enjoy the moment.

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      Relax and enjoy the moment

      Stop feeling guilty

      Finally, stop comparing yourself to others. If you are at your wits end trying to keep up with what you think you should be doing, you aren’t being fair to yourself. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t strive for improvement, just don’t go overboard because you feel like you have to. Only you know what’s really important to you, and your personal success journey so focus on what your top priorities are, not someone else’s.

      Everyone feels overwhelmed sometimes. The important thing is to realize it’s normal and that you can do something about it by taking focused and deliberate action. Happy Holidays!

      Featured photo credit: Stress Therapy via flickr.com

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