Having a good memory is an important aspect of life individuals should strive for. A good memory helps you remember things fast and easily, sometimes you might have a problem remembering where you put your stuffs or you are simply trying to memorize something but your brain won’t memorize no matter how much time you put in your studies.
Although memory is affected by a lot of variables such as age, genetics, lifestyle, diet, brain-related medical conditions, and many more. But in recent times it is commonly associated with stress, busy, or been occupied.
The question is, can your memory be improved for study? If yes, how.
Not all variable that affects your memory can be prevented, but they are some actions an individual can take to improve memory.
Here are some tips on how to improve your memory.
Good and regular sleep:
Sleep is very important to human health and good for overall brain health. Getting full night rest for about 7 to 9 hours is known to help the brain’s long-term memory.
Research has shown that sleeping before or after learning something new helps you remember quickly or for a long-time.
Research also shows that nurses working on the night shift make more mathematical errors and 68% score lower than nurses working on the day shift.
If you are sleep-deprived, it could harm your brain.
When trying to memorize something or transfer knowledge from short-term to long-term memory it is always important to get rid of all distractions.
Focus or attention is proven to transfer knowledge from short-term to long-term memory.
Always take your time to study your materials. Research has shown that students who study their materials frequently over a period of time are better than those who crash-read or who read in a marathon.
Instead of cramming always strive to understand the information itself.
Learn by Practicing or doing it:
Practicality is one of the best forms of storing information in long-term memory. If you practice what you read, you can learn by acting or creating gestures with the part of your body. If you can’t practice with body gestures, you can also imagine it.
You can also discuss with yourself about the material. Talk to yourself about the contents of the materials.
Relate the materials with things you already know or things in your environment to help you comprehend better.
Increase caffeine consumption:
Caffeine is known to boost memory in the short term. Studies show that people who consume caffeine in the morning have improved short-term memory.
Caffeine from tea and coffee is helpful for the brain. Caffeine also improves mental alertness.
Reduce alcohol consumption:
Although alcohol is generally bad for the health, it has worse effects on the brain as it aids memory loss.
Alcoholic beverage drinks can have a harmful impact on the hippocampus a part of the brain that plays a major role in memory.
A study on 155 college freshmen shows that students who consume more than six drinks within a month have difficulties in memory recall tests compared to students who never had alcohol.
Drink a little quantity of alcohol or alcoholic beverage is not bad for the health but excessive or frequent intake is what should be avoided.
Train your Brain:
Exercise your brain regularly to improve performance. Like other parts of the body the more you exercise it the better it performs.
Games that require a lot of cognitive performance such as crossword, Tetris, word recall, chess, mobile games built to improve brain performance, and many others should be considered.
Brain training games have been shown to improve the risk of dementia in older adults.
Pay extra attention to difficult information or concepts:
Spend extra time rehearsing difficult concepts.
You can also restructure your content to be ae to memorize the difficult concept better; it is always easy to memorize the beginning and end of the contents. By restructuring your content, you can position difficult concepts where you can memorize them better.
Physical fitness has been proven to help general brain health. It reduces the risk of cognitive decline with respect to age and it also protects the brain from degenerating.
Regular exercise in your youth or adulthood is known to reduce the risk of dementia among older adults. It also helps improve cognitive performance among all ages.
Aerobic exercises such as jogging, brisk walking, jumping jacks, and many more have been proven to increase the heart rate thereby increase blood and nutrient circulation to your brain.
Anaerobic exercise such as stretches also improves blood flow and helps brain health.
Regular exercise may lead to the secretion of protein that protects neurons; it also improves growth in neurons which leads to improved brain health.
Ask your self-questions and try to answer the question without having to look at your material. Most people think that they still remember their material content until they are asked questions about it.
Read out loud or teach yourself:
Research has shown that reading out loud enhances your memory of the material. Also, teach yourself or others enhances better understanding and memory of the material.
Some of the tips for improving your memory for studies might seem difficult and strange at first, but as you take your time to use these methods, with time it becomes easy for you and become part of you.
The key to learning or studying is to be disciplined, time conscious, and persistent. Without been discipline, it would be difficult to practice the method we mentioned above and it will be difficult to commit your studies to memory.