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Tips on How to Best Memorise Tricky Information

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Why is it that when you try your hardest to remember something, your brain never seems to cooperate the way you’d like it too? Ever had a complete blank while public speaking or sitting for a very important exam? Sometimes, your brain will play all sorts of tricks on you, especially in stressful situations. However, there are a few things you can do to help with memorising even the trickiest information. Keep reading to find out about our helpful tips.

Everyone knows by now that practice makes perfect. Well, this also rings true for your brain and memorisation. If you are trying to learn something by heart (or by brain!) you will potentially be able to retrieve this information automatically. Even though the best thing to do is to understand the information you are trying to memorise, rather than just memorise it, try practising with yourself. You can do this in front of a mirror, and have a conversation with your refelection while repeating the information you find the most challenging to remember.

It has also long been known that feeding your brain with the right food can help tremendously with training it in memorising and retaining information. Food that are rich in iron, such as green vegetables and meat, and food that provide a healthy amount of fatty acids, like fish and avocados; are known to provide the right amount of nutrients to help with memory retention. A little goes a long way too: you don’t have to eat all of the above three times a day, but three times a week would be all you would need. There are also vitamins, such as B-12, that you can take as a supplement.

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Getting a good night’s sleep would be next on the list, and probably the most important item to not bypass. While you sleep, your brain has plenty of time to process and assimilate. Research shows that memories and skills tend to be shifted to the long-term memory compartment of our brains while we are asleep. Having a nap after a study session and after learning new information actually helps when it comes to retention. Connections between brain cells are strengthened and new ideas are formed while old ones are preciously stored.

Thinking skills and memory can be positively affected by regular exercise. There are many good reasons as to why we should be physically active. After exercising over a certain period of time, the brain’s memory retention capacity is improved and you may find it easier to memorise information without having to make too many efforts. You can also try some exercises that have been specifically designed to help with memory. These can be mind games you can play on your computer or on your phone through an app.

Lastly, you can help your brain over a longer period of time, especially if you want to constantly keep learning. Studies do show that trying to learn something a bit more complex over a longer period of time is ideal for a solid memory. This can be as fun as it can be challenging: you can learn to play an instrument or join a choir. It could also be a cooking class or learning a foreign language. The options are endless and the brain will keep being stimulated for as long as you are learning new things.

In the end, your brain should be treated just as you would treat any other muscles in your body – it needs looking after. If done right, your brain will do most of the work for you, and that tricky information you thought you could not retrieve in difficult situations will be found easily. Maybe learning English as a new language or going for a more advanced English course is the next step in your book, so do check out our website to find the best personalised course to suit your needs!

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