1. Eat these foods: What you eat directly impacts your cognitive function, and research shows that the right kinds of food can improve focus and memory, and may even help reduce brain injury. Nutrients that have been shown to be particularly beneficial for brain function include Omega-3 fatty acids and folic acid, which can be found in foods like salmon, sardines, walnuts, spinach, broccoli, avocados, celery, and blueberries.
2. Avoid these foods: Just as eating the right foods can boost brain power, the wrong types of food can impair learning and memory, and a number of studies have found a correlation between diets that are high in refined sugars and impaired brain function. With this in mind, it’s best to avoid eating highly processed foods or those that contain a lot of sugar when you’re planning to study. This includes things like doughnuts and cookies, of course, but also foods that you may not necessarily consider unhealthy such as white bread, margarine, or fruit juice.
3. Stay hydrated: Your brain is composed of about 73% water, so it’s no surprise that when you don’t drink enough, your brain can’t function at its full capacity.
4. Chew gum: If you’re feeling a bit sluggish, a simple way to get a quick boost of brain power is to chew gum.
5. Sleep on it:
6. Try collaborative learning:
7. Kill your stress:
8. Reward yourself: If you’re lacking the will to study, putting a few small rewards in place will not only boost your motivation, but may even help you better remember what you’ve learned, especially if you have the luxury of taking a quick nap afterwards.
9. Get moving: In addition to reducing stress, physical exercise can also boost brainpower and some research even suggests that exercise can stimulate the growth of new brain cells.
10. Listen to music
11. Make it relevant:
12. Avoid multi-tasking,
13. Try chunking:
14. Test yourself:
15. Take up a musical instrument:
16. Think about teaching someone else :
17. Take notes by hand:
18. Inject some humour into your learning:
19. Use the 80/20 rule: The 80/20 rule, popularized by productivity guru Tim Ferris, says that you get 80% of the results from 20% of the work. So what does this mean when applied to learning? Quite simply, focusing on the most important 20% of what you’re trying to learn will actually help you learn 80% of what you need to know. Of course, the exact number doesn’t matter, the takeaway is that it’s important to focus your energy and use learning strategies that will provide the biggest return on investment, or get you the best results for the time you put in.
20. Use feedback effectively:
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