CogniFit's Science blog: 10 Ways To Increase Your Brain’s Learning Ability

10 Ways To Increase Your Brain’s Learning Ability

For some of us, learning can be a very difficult process. Below you will find 10 easy to follow tips that hopefully will help make learning easier.

1. Look and listen - Some of us find it easier to absorb auditory, rather than visual information. Reading information out loud increases the chance of better remembering it later, since we use more than one modality to code it.

2. Write, don't type - Typing your notes into the computer may be great for posterity, but writing by hand is better for your brain. The simple act of holding and using a pen or pencil massages acupuncture points in the hand, which stimulates ideas.

3. Shake a leg - Lack of blood flow is a common reason for lack of concentration. If you've been sitting in one place for awhile, bounce one of your legs for a minute or two. It gets your blood flowing and sharpens both concentration and recall.

4. Eat breakfast - A lot of people skip breakfast, but creativity is often optimal in the early morning and it helps to have some protein in your digestive system to feed your brain. A lack of protein can actually cause headaches.

5. Listen to music - Researchers have discovered that certain types of music are a great "key" for recalling memories. Information learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled simply by "playing" those songs in your head.

6. Brain-map it - Need to plan something? Brain maps, or mind maps, offer a compact way to get an overview of a project and they allow you to easily add details. With mind maps, you can see the relationships between disparate ideas and they can also act as a receptacle for a brainstorming session.

7. Keep a journal - This isn't exactly the same as a notebook. Journaling has to do with tracking experiences over time. If you add in visual details, charts, brain maps, etc., you have a much more creative way to keep tabs on what you are learning.

8. Take a hike - Changing your perspective often relieves tension, thus freeing your creative mind. Taking a short walk around the neighborhood may help.

9. Focus and immerse yourself - Focus on whatever you're studying. Don't try to watch TV at the same time or worry about other things. Anxiety interferes with the absorption of information and ideas.

10. Set a goal - Prepare yourself by whatever means necessary, and hurdles will seem surmountable. Anyone who has experienced this phenomenon understands its validity.