There are claims that simple tests can improve your memory. There are also apps you can download on your phone that claim to improve your memory. These apps provide games and challenges to boost your memory and brain function.
Lumosity is a popular app that has a free trial then charges $15 per month to continue. This app claims to improve the user’s memory, problem solving capabilities, attention span, and thinking. Their website says “Just a few minutes a day for 3 brain games — that’s all it takes. Every day, you get a fresh workout to keep you challenged.” For a moment of the day, your memory and cognitive functioning might be excelled but if the person does not do the “challenges” consistently, there might not be much improvement. According to Health Guide, there are 9 steps you can take to improve your memory. These steps include:
– Give your brain a workout
– Don’t skip the physical exercise
– Get your Zs
– Make time for friends
– Keep stress in check
– Have a laugh
– Maintain a brain-boosting diet
– Identify and treat health problems
– Take practical steps to support learning and memory
The difficult part of these steps is doing them consistently. Like exercise, you have to maintain the life-style in order to see improvement. If there is no consistency or you decide not to do the exercises for a couple days then you do the exercises, there won’t be any significant change.
I also watched a TEDx Talk given by record holder Krishan Chahal. Mr. Chahal is a Guinness record holder for memorizing and resiting 43,000 digits of Pi. In this talk, he gives advice on how to improve your memory. Like any skill, it takes practice. He suggests starting in the morning, remember which foot touched the floor first. Throughout the day, remember what movements you made and the next day, try to recall in what pattern did you perform the movements. Mr. Chahal also discusses that in order to memorize what you want to memorize, you have to reprogram your brain to make room for the information. This is a man that has dedicated a lot of his time to resiting the numbers of Pi.
Like we talked about in class, repetition is a key to this. Repeating information that you would like to remember make it easier in the future to recall that information. There is a thought that if you like to chew gum, you can gum a flavor a gum while studying and when you are preparing to take a test, you chew the same flavor of gum and it makes it easier to recall the information. For a real life example, when first going to college, I attended a work-shop on how to successfully study for tests and exams in college. In this work-shop, we discussed what our normal study habits are. Most of us said flash cards, or creating a study guide. Going over questions and vocabulary helps the material stick in your mind.