75 Tips and Resources to Go from Amnesic to Elephantic

Jimmy Atkinson shares these tips for the memory-challenged:

Many people expect increasing memory loss as they age, but this memory loss can be reduced or stalled with some simple memorization techniques, physical exercise, and a reduction of stress. In fact, impaired memory has more to do with chemicals that are released in the brain  when an individual suffers from chronic stress. But, you can reduce the obstacles and increase your memory capacity with the seventy-five tips and resources listed below. In fact, you can go from amnesic to elephantic within a few short weeks.

Some of the tips you may already know, but we’ve repeated them because they may have slipped your mind. Other tips are from recent news stories that contained information you may not have heard. The links will take you to those news items and to other resources that you can use to increase your capacity to remember anything you deem important.

Be In the Moment

   1. You can’t remember something if you’ve never learned it, so focus on learning.
   2. You don’t need to enroll in a college to learn – you can learn something from educational television programs, from online courses, from books, or from other individuals.
   3. It only takes about eight seconds to process data through your hippocampus into the appropriate memory center, so it doesn’t take long to absorb information.
   4. You need to pay attention to your environment so that you can encode this information into your brain.
   5. To learn how to stay in the moment, don’t focus on the past or worry about the future while you’re learning.
   6. Don’t multitask, as you create a "brain drain" when you focus on more than one activity.

Create a Learning Environment

   7. Note the environments that make it easier for you to concentrate and try to replicate those environments for learning. You may be accustomed to background noise (like traffic), or you may need complete silence, depending upon the task and your learning habits.
   8. To that end, it would help if you understood your learning style. Once you understand what works for you, you can create an environment that stimulates your strengths.
   9. Create a learning environment at home. You can learn how to expand on those environments in articles written by professionals for teachers and their students.
  10. If you plan to learn online, know what you need to own before you can begin this task successfully.
  11. If you are a visual learner, make sure you have tools to create visuals that will help you retain information.
  12. If you’re an auditory learner, purchase a tape recorder so that you can use it to repeat instructions or information.

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