10 Lifestyle-Based Ways to Improve Your Memory
A razor-sharp mind is what you need to pass your examinations. If you can't think well, then you're likely to struggle with your paper writing. It means adopting a certain routine, which might not conform to the lifestyle of most college students.
You've heard, over and over again, that college is the right place to make new friends. You're hoping that it would be a lifelong friendship, but something excites you. It's your first time to be away from home. You love your parents, but there are days when you don't like being told to do this and that. You may be not an adult, yet, but you have something to prove to them (and to yourself). You attempt to live your own life, which is equivalent to parties on weekends. Someone might invite you to a mid-week drinking, and you won't pass it up. It's a rite of passage, but keep in mind that you'll attend the university once. (An academic career is not an option, but you'll weigh on it later.)
You can indulge in the things that college students do, but it shouldn't disrupt your focus on the coursework. It requires a commitment, which makes you uncomfortable at first. There's no other way than moving forward, though. If you've been living a carefree existence, then what you're about to read are techniques that will improve your memory.
A List to Look Every Sunday Night
Get a good night's sleep. It's been proven that lack of sleep can lead to forgetfulness. If you have a photographic memory, then a change of mood can affect your concentration. You won't pass your essay examination, as you must work under time pressure. Eight hours of sleep guarantees good mood the following day. You may be unaware that you'll have sharp thinking throughout the long day. It doesn't matter if you rise early or a little late, as long as you know the schedule of your morning lectures.
Exercise regularly. If you're too lazy to go to the gym, if not lift dumbbells, then brisk walking is the perfect exercise for you. It's cold outside your room, which makes it an ideal condition for a stroll. (A warm weather might affect your disposition, which can put you off the track. Timing is everything.) Some can find the time for yoga, also half an hour on stretching. Anything that will shake off the lethargy off your body is good enough.
Eat the right food. Nuts are the ideal food to keep your good memory, but you don't need to consume it on a daily basis. Make sure that you don't eat lots of sugary food unless you'll do lots of errands. A long walk might make you hungry later. It may be better to bring along a chocolate bar.
Read a book. You can adopt a playful approach to Reading Week, such that you attempt to read the assigned text at a leisurely pace. It seems impossible to do particularly if there are successive deadlines to beat. And you must prepare for your examinations as well. If you don't read it in one sitting, then you might achieve your goal. You can do it on your first attempt, but the succeeding ones require a quickening of pace on your part. It's up to you to figure out which chapters must be read carefully.
Watch a movie (or TV show). There's no need to worry if you don't have a budget for Netflix subscription, as YouTube has been a source of great movies and TV shows. If you want to watch your favorite scenes all over again, then you can find a copy on this site in minutes. If you're trying to be outstanding in film criticism, then YouTube can help you familiarize with the classics and the best of World Cinema in a week or two.
Play a brain game. It can be a geography quiz, also a trivia on your favorite sports. The best game will be naming ten or more one-syllable words that rhyme with a particular word. (If you're too curious to find out, then you can start with the word “BAT”.) You might wish that you can join "Jeopardy!", but think about it later.
Learn a new skill. It can be challenging to do especially if you have little time for anything else. (You realize it during the month of December. It will prepare you for the spring semester.) Give it a try, as there might be something to fix in your room. If you haven't done your laundry in your room, then this is your chance to learn it in your dorm. You can also cook simple dishes, which help you save lots of money.
It's time to know mnemonics. It's not the same as acronym, as mnemonics is recalling a certain phrase or term that helps you remember something. Think of Roy G. Biv, which pertains to the colors of the rainbow. You can apply this learning technique to literary genres or characters that share the same distinctive traits.
Don't forget to socialize now and then. You may be too young to notice the early symptoms of dementia, but loneliness can affect your bearing to a greater extent. If you're too shy to go out (and make new friends), then start in the lecture room. Ask a question that is related to the module.
Avoid multitasking at all cost. You'll get exhausted, which makes you too tired to think properly. It can happen to the energetic ones, so schedule activities (or errands) when you're done with your assignment(s).
The Proper Use of Chewing Gum
Some students might be annoyed at the sight of other students chewing gum, but it can be a clever trick if you use it to gain advantage over your coursemates. Chewing helps you to concentrate on a particular task in the shortest time. It can help you finish the draft of your assignment faster than you ever think. Make sure that it won't distract other students if you do it during an essay examination.
A chewing gum also keeps you from eating more food, but don't ignore the hunger pangs. You need lots of calories to keep you going during the long day.
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