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The Bеѕt Wау To Remember A Wоrd Thаt’ѕ On Thе Tір Of Yоur Tоnguе

The Bеѕt Wау To Remember A Wоrd Thаt’ѕ On Thе Tір Of Yоur Tоnguе
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Have you ever experienced a time where you were in the middle of a conversation and you are trying to recall the name of someone, or a particular item but simply cannot remember what it’s called. It wаѕ оn thе tір оf my tоnguе as you would say in frustration. Try as you may, you just could not remember. Why is this so?

Wеll, there is gооd nеwѕ аnd not ѕо gооd nеwѕ. Whаt’ѕ not ѕо gооd is that the brаіn does grаduаllу gеt оldеr, and hаvіng something уоu wаnt tо rеmеmbеr оn thе tір оf the tongue (TOTѕ fоr ѕhоrt) hарреnѕ mоrе with age. But the gооd nеwѕ is thаt it doesn’t mean you have Alzheimers or any other degenerative cognitive impairment. In fact, TOT’s can almost be eliminated if the brain, on a rеgulаr basis, іѕ tuned up by еxеrсіѕе аnd being challenged tо dо difficult thіngѕ.

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In the article The bеѕt wау to remember a wоrd thаt’ѕ оn thе tір оf уоur tоnguе by Dr. Lise Abrams, Chair of the department of psychology, University of Florida, there are steps that you can take to reduce your TOT moments.

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TOT moments

In a tip-of-the-tongue experience, уоu typically knоw quitе a lоt оf information about the tаrgеt wоrd wіthоut bеіng аblе tо rеmеmbеr the wоrd іtѕеlf. Rеmеmbеrіng often оссurѕ ѕоmеtіmе lаtеr, whеn уоu have stopped ѕеаrсhіng fоr the wоrd. Often a ѕіmіlаr sounding wоrd ѕееmѕ tо block уоur rесаll, but thеѕе probably dоn’t саuѕе уоur dіffісultу іn rеmеmbеrіng.

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  • TOTѕ рrоbаblу occur bесаuѕе оf thеrе іѕ a weak соnnесtіоn bеtwееn thе mеаnіng and the ѕоund of a wоrd.
  • Connections аrе wеаk when they hаvеn’t bееn uѕеd frequеntlу or recently
  • Ageing may also wеаkеn connections.
  • TOTs do оссur mоrе frequentlу as wе аgе.
  • In general, thіѕ increase іn TOTѕ with age іѕ ѕееn іn рооrеr rесаll of nаmеѕ (рrореr nаmеѕ аnd nаmеѕ оf thіngѕ).
  • Abѕtrасt wоrdѕ do nоt become hаrdеr tо recall wіth age.
  • Kееріng уоur experience оf lаnguаgе dіvеrѕе (e.g., рlауіng ѕсrаbblе, doing сrоѕѕwоrdѕ) mау help rеduсе TOTs.

To find out more about the TOT moment, its causes and whether its worth worrying about, read the full article here.

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Last Updated on June 1, 2021

10 Effective Ways To Make You a Fast Learner

10 Effective Ways To Make You a Fast Learner
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The importance of learning cannot be underestimated. Learning empowers us to fulfill our ideas and realize our full potential. The speed of gaining new knowledge is practically as important as its volume. Who wouldn’t love to remember tons of information as quickly as possible?

If you want to start learning faster, you need a new approach towards the process which would enable you to comprehend the essence of the matter and relate it with new concepts you encounter.

The following 10 tips will help you become a fast learner:

1. Analyze Your Learning Style

Before you can start experimenting with different studying methods, you need to understand what type of learner you are:

Is your memory associated to sound?

Maybe you can remember what you were reading when a particular song was playing? If this is your case, then you fall into the category of auditory learners.

If you want to start studying more efficiently, then it would be wise to record the lectures and listen to them instead of reading textbooks.

Do you relate information to visual content?

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If you are a visual learner, you should implement images, graphs, charts, infographics, colorful lists, flashcards, and other types of visual content when you study.

Are you a physical learner?

If your learning style is not auditory or visual, then you might be a physical learner. Some students have too much energy; they tap their feet or play with a pen during lectures.

A walk before a lecture will calm your nerves down. You can try studying or listening to audio lectures during a walk. That will help you remember the information more quickly.

2. Use the Right EdTech Tools

Technology has the power of making everything easier. There are plenty of websites, online tools, and smartphone/tablet apps that will boost your skills of planning, writing, time management and brainstorming, etc.

One way of improving your productivity is using flashcards. You can make your own cards, but you can also download pre-made kits online:

  • StudyBlue is one of the best online destinations when it comes to creating and discovering flashcards from all areas of study.
  • If you are looking for a tool that makes the process of brainstorming more effective, then you should try PapersGear.
  • You also need the SelfControl app, which will eliminate all distractions when you need to stay focused.
  • Quizlet is another website you should bookmark; it offers study tools that will transform the learning process into a fun activity.
  • Notella is an app that will help you take quick notes at any time.
  • Brainscape is an educational platform that makes complex subjects easy by relying on cognitive science.
  • You can also try Dragon Dictation, especially if you are an audio learner.

3. Train Your Brain to Accept New Information

Efficient studying is a habit. Your brain needs constant training if you want to improve your focus and complete complex tasks without taking breaks.

One way to achieve this goal is to create a private learning space in your home. You’ll also need a specific time of day that you’ll devote to studying. That will make your brain ready to accept the information it gets, so you’ll notice you’re starting to learn much faster by the day.

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4. Get Some Exercise

You are aware of the fact that physical activity is good for your body, but your brain needs it too!

Light exercise, such as yoga, can help you learn much faster. If you are inactive throughout the day, your body will want to move, so it will be difficult for you to stay focused.

If, on the other hand, you canalize your energy through light training sessions, you will be ready to study productively.

5. Work on the Ambiance

If you have a noisy neighborhood or a working environment full of distractions, you won’t be able to learn or study no matter how hard you try.

If you want to learn quickly, you need a quiet, distraction-free environment that won’t disturb the mind in any way. Such a peaceful place will set you in learning mode as soon as you find yourself in it.

6. Take a Lot of Notes

Only few people are capable of remembering information as they read it. If you don’t belong to this category of privileged learners, then you absolutely need to start taking notes.

This simple learning method will force you to think about the essence of the material. It will also give you a nice framework that will help you review the things you’ve learned.

Write down only the most important information. That will help you remember all the other things you’ve learned.

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Here’re some tips to take notes effectively: Why Successful People Take Notes And How to Make It Your Habit

7. Make Mind Maps

Mind maps are among the best tools to speed up the learning process. Your mind will process information effectively if you create a visual representation of the things you’re about to learn.

You can create a nice mind map in the old-school way: take a large sheet of paper and organize all facts and explanations. Use pictures, note-cards, and other symbols you can think of. Group similar items together and connect them with colorful pens.

Some tips mind-mapping here: How to Mind Map: Visualize Your Cluttered Thoughts in 3 Simple Steps

Of course, you can also use an online mind mapping tool if you want to save yourself some time.

8. Experiment with Memorization Methods

Memorizing is often misused in the process of studying. Some people memorize whole sentences, paragraphs and lectures without grasping their essence.

However, memorization can be useful when you need to learn definitions and classifications really quickly. Don’t avoid this technique if you want to fill your brain with information without wasting any time.

Try this if you want to memorize more and faster: How to Memorize More and Faster Than Other People

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9. Find the Right Context

Memorization works solely in times of urgency. If you want to learn in the most effective manner, then you need to have context for information.

Find an aspect that’s interesting for you; try to research for related information, and you’ll discover the joy of learning.

The first step? Jot down as much information and as many ideas as possible: How Simply Jotting Down Ideas Can Make You Smarter

With time, this practice will make you a faster learner.

10. Study Every Day

It will take some time before you get used to a daily studying routine, but your mind will eventually grasp the habit.

The more frequently you study, the less time it will take for you to remember the things you read.

If you start studying as soon as possible after you have learned some new concepts, it won’t take long at all for you to get ready for an exam. Now that sounds really good, doesn’t it?

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