Bad with names? Spacey about dates? Forget about it!
We got memory hints and tips from the brain trust up at Minnesota’s famous Mayo Clinic and turned them into a test. Now all you’ve got to do is remember to click the button below. We’ll take care of the rest!
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Working out can help your memory.
Yup. It’s all about blood flow. You work out, you pump more blood to your brain. The more blood to your brain, the more awake and alert you’ll be.
Joining a new club could help improve your memory, too.
Based on the old ‘use it or lose it’ principle, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that constantly challenging yourself to try new things helps keep your memory sharp.
Drinking coffee makes you sharper in the long run.
A quick jolt might get you going in the morning, but for marathon study sessions, reach for a water bottle in place of a coffee pot. Why? The caffeine in coffee will dehydrate you, which in turn will make you more tired, less alert and worse at remembering things.
People with good memory don’t have to write things down.
People who seem to remember everything might be that way because they write things down. Constantly forgetting homework assignments? Get an assignment book and jot them down. Never remember birthdays? Get a calendar and take note.
The more you repeat a name, the easier it is to remember.
Seems simple, but it’s easy to forget that the more times you use a person’s name the first time you meet them, the easier it will be to remember later.
Linking how they look with people’s names will help you remember them, too.
Association can help you remember names. For example: Lynn is thin, or Ryan has red hair. It’s best to repeat these phrases to yourself, or else the people you meet might remember you as being very weird.
If you always put your backpack in the same place, you’ll be more likely to remember where it is.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but that’s because it works. If you’re constantly losing your phone or your keys or your backpack, make a special spot for it and get in the habit of keeping it there. Soon it’ll be hard to lose.
Happy people are better at remembering stuff.
It’s true. According to a 2002 study by the Mayo Clinic, happy people are more alert. On the flip side, those suffering from depression can have a difficult time remembering things.
Stress improves your memory.
Stress can literally drive you to distraction. If you’re feeling overwhelmed while you study, the information might not stick. Try taking short breaks between homework assignments to calm down.
You should be worried if you forget an easy answer on a test.
Everybody forgets stuff from time to time, so don’t beat yourself up about it. That might just lead to anxiety, and anxiety to distraction and, well, you know the rest. Instead, try some of the tips in this quiz and just give it your best next time.
That was kinda hard but just think that if you put your mind to it you can figure it out.