WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BRAIN CAPACITY
Brain is the the seat of knowledge and intelligence we carried along in our skull.
However, some people's brain capacity is higher than others and vice versa. What happens if you can’t naturally remember lots of things? Those with high brain capacities have advantage of excelling academically while those with low brain capacity are at risk of poor brain capacities These ways are divided into 4 stages:
- improving one's memory
-simple techniques to revise easily
-The roles if teachers/Guardians
-Taking care of your brain.
IMPROVING ONE'S MEMORY
Human's on an average scale, tends to forget things in a stressful or vigorous conditions, however, this can be overcome by taking down notes, use of hard copies instead of soft copies, etc
Sometimes, however, it is not always possible to write things down. In these situations, techniques such as chunking, acronyms and silly sentences can help. ‘Chunking’ is when small bits of information are grouped together.
An acronym is where each letter in a word acts as a cue to remember something else. For example, TDB meaning Till day break. Many maths teachers use SOHCAHTOA as a way to help a students remember the sine, cosine and tangent of angle in a triangle.
Silly sentences work in a similar way, with the first letter of each word acting as a reminder for another word.
When revising, it is more effective to space out your study sessions instead of cramming everything at the last minute popularly known as LMJ(last meaning jacking) This leaves you enough time to forget and re-learn: a process that helps you cement and imbed knowledge in your memory.15 to improve memory infographic
If you are revising with someone else, take turns in teaching each other the material. This can boost the memory and recall. Teaching someone else requires you to learn and recall information in a clear and organised way.
A fascinating study showed that people’s ability to recall information was significantly increased when told that they had to pass on the knowledge to someone else. Students don’t even need to test someone else to get the benefit; they just have to believe that they are going to.
If someone is teaching you something, try repeating out loud what you have been taught. This is an effective strategy to improve recall, more so than just repeating the content in your own head. Once you have spent time learning the material, it is helpful to test yourself. This allows you to think deeply about the material, and it also has the added advantage of providing practice for performing under exam pressure.
One of our favourite techniques to improve memory is to ask yourself ‘why?’. This is what psychologists call ‘Elaborative Interrogation’.
Once you have spaced out your learning, repeated it out loud, taught it to someone else and tested yourself, all you have left to do is repeat. The more you practice something, the more likely that it will become automatic. Once things are automatic, they take up less space in your working memory, meaning you can do it on autopilot (like brushing your teeth - you’ve done it so many times you don’t require much conscious effort to do it).
Telling stories can help students remember information. This is because stories are easy to remember. They are often interesting, emotional and have a familiar structure.
Memory is the residue of thought’. People are more likely to remember the things that they have concentrated on. That’s what makes capturing their attention so important. If they focus on the wrong things, their memory will be impacted. Ensuring good concentration is hard.
Other tips for improving memory is to encourage students to read more The more you know, the easier it will be for you to learn new things’. How do we get students to ‘know’ more things? By encouraging them to read books, newspapers and magazines.
LOOK AFTER YOUR BRAIN
There is a wealth of research that suggests that sleep plays an important role in memory. Whilst sleeping, new connections form between your brain cells, which aid memory and learning. This not only means that sleep increases how well we can recall information, but also how well we make links between new and old information.
Another simple way to boost your ability to remember things is to ensure that you are drinking enough water. Not being fully hydrated can have a significant impact on your mood, memory and concentration. Recent research suggests that taking water into an exam can further enhance exam performance.
1.Writing things down
5.Spacing out your learning
7.Teaching someone else
8.Repeating things out loud
14.Getting enough sleep
15.Drinking enough water
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