How To: Train your brain to retain information

Train your brain to retain information

Think of your brain like a muscle, if you train it correctly and diligently, it will perform at its top capacity. The retention of information is a skill like any other that can be improved with some practice and even rest when appropriate.

Train your brain to retain information with these tips, and fight the fear that you're losing your faculties.

You Will Need

* Lists
* Songs and rhymes
* Pen and paper
* Quiet, secluded place
* Speed reading exercises
* Rest (optional)

Step 1: Create and memorize lists

Create and memorize lists, organized alphabetically, logically, or however helps you to recall information. Test different systems to find the best one.

Step 2: Sing or rhyme

Sing or rhyme the information so that you can recall it through the familiarity of music or word patterns.

Step 3: Review information

Review information constantly, in short bursts and at staggered intervals to retain.

Rest your mind. Studies show we can lose retention if we don't.

Step 4: Let it sink in

Write information down in your own words. Then speak the words aloud so that you use several senses in the process.

Step 5: Find quiet places

Find quiet, secluded places to study. Practice deep breathing while you read in order to concentrate.

Most people forget as much as 80 percent of what they have learned within 24 hours of learning it.

Step 6: Utilize speed reading

Utilize speed reading exercises. Scanning for key words and underlining can reinforce memory skills.

Alzheimer's is expected to triple, affecting more than 13 million people over the next 40 years.

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