Tuesday, August 4, 2009

10 Best Secrets To Improving Memory by: Willie T. Ong, MD

1.) List it Down
  • Our Brain remembers things that are listed. For some reason, we remember better in 3's, 5's, 10's. What are the top 3 causes of kidney failure? One, diabetes; two, heart failure, three, infections. Prioritize. List it down. This orderly approach will function like a peg in your memory.

2.) Develop Good Mnemonics
  • Adopt other people's mnemonics or make your own code. The latter takes some time , but the rewards are greater. It'll stick in your mind more. In medicine, for example the 4D's in the treatment of heart failure are diet, diuretics, digitalis, and vaso dilators. To remember that LDL refers to bad cholesterol, think Lechon de leche
3.) Mark your Books
  • Highlight your Books. Books are meant to be marked and personalized. The correct technique is to write short-page summaries at the top of the page. It's like a quick personal quick index, just by flipping your book. For important page numbers, Place a stick-on, or fold it a little on the upper outer corner. Remember "x" marks the spot. No mark, no memory.
4.) Use Index Cards
  • Try writing concise summaries of important concepts on 4 by 6 index cards. Later, file them in an index box. Once you've got a pile, you can grab it anytime, anywhere for quick review. These solid nuggets of wisdom are handy as memory joggers. Diseases, symptoms, drawings, and Mnemonics all go into these cards.
5.) Visualize and Draw It
  • A picture or illustration is worth a thousand words. Use your imagination. Stick figures are fine. For example, you can make diagrams for mnemonics and secret codes you made up. Write and file them in your index cards.
6.) Put Emotion to it
  • Can you forget the name and face of your crush? Never! Why? because you've invested a lot of emotion in it. Your brain's amygdala is working overtim with lots of cross circuity in your neurons. It takes no effort to remember.
  • This strategy can also be used in studying. Remember the poor patient dying of pneumonia. What's her name? with her face in your mind's eye, start studyin everything about pneumonia. I assure you, you'll remember every microbe, every symptoms, and every treatment possible to save her.
  • Another technique is to discuss the topic with your teacher or your friend. Debate on it. Associate it. Feel passionately about it. Whatever you do, put your emotions at work and boost your memory.
7.) Review again and again
  • Research shows that once we've learned something we tend to forget it in a week or two. Hence, you need to relearn the same thing to remember it. You need to relearn the same thing to remember it. You need at least two " imprints" on your brain to make it stick. The lessons here is that you have to study again and again. That's why our battle plan is to have at least two runs on each subject for board exam.
8.) Decide to remember
  • Train your mind. There's nothing like using your willpower and again your emotions to make yourself remember. Say it out loud, promise to the high heavens that you will remember. Be positive. Make yourself believe that you will remember.
9.) Use your subconscious mind
  • Research shows that studying before sleeping is effective in imprinting what you've learned in your brain. It's even better if you dream about it. And though you thought your mind was not absorbing what you have read, you'll find that you can remember every detail when you wake up.
  • The lesson here is in focusing and not letting distractions (watching movies, getting into arguments, thinking of other projects) get in between your learning and your subconscious mind especially before you sleep.
10.) Have a healthy lifestyle
  • It's the most important tip and yet often neglected. Eat healthy food, exercise a bit, eight hours of sleep, and you'll get more from your body and your mind. With regard to vitamins and supplements, There's no definite brain booster pill yet. But you can take omega-3 fish oil supplements ( may increase blood flow to the brain) or multivitamins if you want. Take it easy on the coffee too.
  • Finally think positive. Pray and believe that you will pass have faith. Ask your friends and relative to pray for you, too. Just as a clean engine delivers great power, so will a clean, guilt- free mind accomplish the task at hand-- pass and not to fail, to remember and not to forget. GOOD LUCK!
* These tips really put a smile on my face now where did I found out about these article. As soon as mom arrived from her work she gave it to me I thought she would give me money or food, But I was partly shocked that it's so thoughtful of her to give me and cut these article in a newspaper. Since The National Licensure exam for nurses on November is coming near. If I'll be afraid of something that would happen to me as a person or as a being it would be to forget. I don't know why but Im always afraid to forget of something because I really treasured memories in my brain whether for good or bad I really appreciate it because that's what made me as a person. And sometimes I came to think of what's important beauty or brains? In the end for me, both are essential in a person, Because if the person is smart and intelligent, kind, humble, that's what other people see's in her/him as a beauty, not just for physical I mean. People are also concerned about their physical aspects including I. Because people are afraid to look on their age. But it's not bad to take care of themselves it's what I called discipline. But We should nourish our body and soul from the inside first and I assure it will surely radiate outside of us. ^___^ -Jaane-

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