3 Tricks to Study Better for Back to School
Have an important test coming up? Trying to learn a new skill? Getting frustrated with your memory? All too often it can feel like our brains are working against us as we study. Luckily, there are memory tricks that you can use to hack your brain, and retain that information. Let’s take a look at three tricks to study better you can use for back to school.
Write – Don’t Type – Your Notes
What a relief it was when laptops became the norm, replacing the traditional notebook and pen. You can write faster, look up additional information, and create folders to better organize your thoughts and notes. What we deem to be an upgrade might be just the opposite.
Studies show that if you want to remember what you’re learning, you better break out the old school notebook and pencil. Students who sat through lectures and took notes by hand retained more of the information and performed better on tests compared to their laptop-focused counterparts.
Take a Break
How many times have you crammed for an exam, staying up until the early morning hours, in the hopes of getting a great grade? While pulling an all-nighter is thought to be a part of student life – young or old – it could be doing the exact opposite of what you intended.
Studies show that the brain’s ability to retain information and store it within working memory is strongest in the morning and afternoon. What’s more, your brain needs sleep to place new information within a cognitive framework. If you skip on sleep, you’re not giving your brain a chance to appropriately store the information within your memory.
Study earlier in the day if you can. If you must stay up late to study, be sure to give yourself breaks, preferably 10-minute naps. This will give your brain a chance to catch up and get ready to take on more incoming data.
Try a Nootropic
Nootropics are supplement ingredients that are more commonly called brain boosters. These specialized compounds have been shown in scientific studies to improve cognitive function and overall brain health. The most studied, trusted, and proven nootropic ingredients include the following:
Huperzine A: Shown to increase the number of neurotransmitters in the brain, huperzine A is considered the king of nootropics.
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol): An essential compound in the body that lessens as we age, DMAE has been used to improve working memory, recall, and brain health.
L-Glutamine: A pre-cursor to neurotransmitter production, L-Glutamine has been found to support memory and cognitive functioning.
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What Do You Do to Improve Your Studying?
Have you tried any of our proven tricks above? What were your results? Have your own trick that helps you study and retain information? Let us know in the comments below!
Written by David Sautter
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