Memory hacks

-Ana khan

The festive season is about to end and the most dreaded time of the year will soon catch up with us. The semester ends, half yearly’s, unit tests; this menace has many names but all of them illicit a common feeling- fear and anxiety.

We’re going to take you through a few psychological hacks which will give your memory the boost it needs for this exam season!

  1. Try chewing some gum:

Easy? Isn’t it? In one study, researchers discovered that participants who chewed gum throughout a battery of memory and attention tests scored nearly 25 percent higher than those who did not. Chewing gum is associated with a heightened intake of oxygen, a majority of which travels to the Hippocampus in the brain and improves memory and attention.

Moreover, if you chew the same gum whilst learning for the subject and writing the test, your mind associates the gum’s flavor to the content you learnt and facilitate a better recall

  1. Write it down:

You’ve probably heard this one before! The act of writing engages neural activity unlike typing on a keyboard or a smart phone. Even if you do not read it again, the simple task of penning things down does more good than harm. More the number of brain parts used whilst learning, easier will be the recall

  1. Make a memory map:

A memory palace is a mind hack wherein, you use the spatial layout of an environment to store information, which you can later tap on to, whenever needed. Your memory palace can be your childhood home, your high school, Disney land; whatever works for you. The trick is to store information sequentially as you move through your mind palace. The more you practice, the better you get at it!

  1. Meditate:

Our ancient scriptures have been telling us about meditation for ages now.

Recent studies have proved that subjects who meditate regularly perform better at memory and attention tests as compared to subjects who do not meditate. It aids in stress management, impulse control and better focus.

  1. Use Mnemonics:

Mnemonics are simple techniques to remember information. You associate day to day words or activities in a logical manner to retain information.

For instance, the order of 8 planets can be learnt through the sentence: ‘My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles.’

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