Be In the Moment
focus on learning.
You need to pay attention to your environment
To learn how to stay in the moment,
Create a Learning Environment
You may be accustomed to background noise (like traffic), or you may need complete silence,
understand your learning style.
Use All Your Senses
If you’re learning something, involve as many
senses as possible to help retain the experience. Drawing and writing includes the use of motor skills that help you to remember information as you stimulate motor pathways.
If you utilize these motor skills in a task, don’t try something new for a few days.
For instance, if you lack charts and diagrams for your reading materials, create them yourself s
Take notes on index cards or in a notebook as you listen to a lecture
Sound includes talking to yourself
Talk with another person about the information you’ve gathered.
If you’re studying information that includes models (like a car engine) touch various parts
Attach your ideas to an inert object for your learning process.
Along the same lines, you can attach steps within a learning process to actual stairways or to stairs that you draw.
Although taste and smell both evoke strong memories, they aren’t very convenient for organizing or holding information in your mind.
Use Mnemonic Devices
Mnemonic devices can provide clues to help you remember things.
Use positive or amusing images
Make the images colorful and three-dimensional, they’ll be easier to remember.
Use alliteration to help memorize certain data.
Rhymes also are useful for memorization.
“Chunk” information, or arrange a long list into smaller units or categories that will be easier to remember.
Connect new data to information you already know.
Disorganized people report more memory problems than those individuals who are accustomed to organization.
Write things down, but write them down in appropriate places.
Lists are great for handling stress – even if the list is a long one, it will be rewarding to cross items off as you complete them.
Learn how to prioritize.
Use online or paper
calendars to remember important dates. Use both words and pictures to help retain information
Break detailed ideas down into simple thoughts that you can convey to someone else (or to yourself).
Similarly, if you understand basic concepts, this memory will help you to retrieve isolated details about that concept.
When you can’t write something down, visualize those ideas as being compartmentalized in your brain, much like you would file information away into a filing cabinet.
Keep a pad, pencil and small flashlight by your bed to write down ideas that you have at night.
Spend some time with new material a few hours after you’ve been introduced to it. Review notes and try to consolidate the notes into a broad concept or idea.
Review notes and other information at intervals throughout the next few days.
Review material until it becomes second nature.
Retain a Positive Attitude
If you don’t want to learn something, chances are you won’t learn it.
Tell yourself that you want to learn and that you can learn and remember the information at hand.
If you constantly tell yourself and others that you have a bad memory, this action actually hampers the ability of your brain to remember.
A positive outlook and positive mental feedback sets up an expectation for success.
Exercise increases oxygen to the brain, and oxygen is important for brain function.
Physical exercise reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
A mix of programs that involve both aerobic exercise and strength training are of greatest benefit, with exercise sessions lasting at least 30 minutes.
Exercise may enhance the effects of helpful brain chemicals and protect brain cells.
Exercise helps to control blood sugar levels.
Exercise may increase self-confidence, and may reduce anxiety and depression and help you to retain a more positive attitude about life.
Stress can make it difficult to remember and to concentrate.
Physical exercise can help to relieve stress. Even a simple walk can help to clear the mind.
Jokes, soothing music, and even a short nap can help to break the stress.
On the other hand, arousing, exciting, momentous occasions, including stressful ones, get filed away very readily.
Try to remember all that, K?