Whether it’s retaining info for that monster exam or just remembering the name of that cool person you were chatting to in the smoking area, having a good memory is crucial. There’s no worse feeling than forgetting why you came into a room and feeling like a OAP in your early twenties.
Fortunately, there are plenty of good tips out there and we at Debut have whittled it down to the gems.
Get more sleep
Aside from the fact you’ll be walking into walls all day, not getting enough sleep really messes with your head. Sure, you can get by. But your brain needs good rest in order to function at its shiny cerebral best.
Arm yourself with a good routine. Go to sleep and wake at the same time everyday (even weekends, cheeky so-and-so) and avoid caffeine and those pesky screens before bed.
Do you you even lift? Truth is, you have to exercise your brain just like you would quads on leg day. Logic puzzles and Sudoku would do fine but this is 2017 after all, so how about some brain-training apps? It’s all out there, from puzzles and platform games like Lumosity, to spaced repetition memory testers like Eidetic, to apps like Happify and Personal Zen that encourage positive thinking.
Surprisingly, one of the most important things you can do to get a good memory is to stop telling yourself you have a bad one. Make an effort to have a good memory and every time you remember something that would have slipped your mind – celebrate!
It takes roughly 8 seconds to fully form a memory, so remove distractions and multi-task less to avoid things slipping through the cracks. Also, try meditation. It increases the thickness of the cerebral cortex and encourages more connections between brain cells. And that’s pretty great for your memory.
Feed your brain
There’s no simple trick to this memory thing. It’s all about pleasing the big guy upstairs. Yup, your brain is in charge. Be sure to feed it the right stuff – we’re talking vitamins, minerals and stuff with nutritional value.
Healthy fats, omega-3 and omega-6 are the key here and you can get all that in certain oils, fish and fruit. Red wine will improve your memory too (in moderation, you silly goose).
Use mnemonic devices
Acrostic poems aren’t just a guaranteed way of getting Tinder replies, they’re also a great way to remember things.
Remember learning to Never Eat Shredded Wheat for compass directions. Of course you do. Same can apply for literally anything else. Breaking information down into chunks or associating it with more familiar things are also worth looking into.
Teach other people
Because when you have great information, it’s rude to keep it to yourself. You’re also 50% more likely to remember something if you say it out loud as opposed to just reading it.
So grab your small sibling or your grandma, sit them down and tell them all about the 1970 Equal Pay Act. Unless of course you aren’t studying history, in which case, tell them whatever.
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