I can remember the fun stuff but it's the boring stuff that drives me up the wall. I was hoping to learn how to improve on that. My method used to consist of writing and rewriting until it was ingrained in me...until after the exam anyways. LOL!
Nelson recited some of the attendee's favorite foods, activities, and cars to prove his memory. This info was all submitted prior to the event. Okay, it was cool but not that cool.
For Nelson, it comes down to "memory palaces". His tips are to create an area, a path, an adventure and as you walk through that palace in your mind, associate the things you need to memorize with it. You associate a couple things to one area to make it easier to remember. Create vivid scenes, however flashy or vulgar they may be...whatever helps you remember best. One you place that memory, it'll help you visualize it again when you put yourself on a course through that pathway.
In terms of more difficult memory items, he had recommended using groups of 3 to memorize. Create a system to memorize. For example, in terms of playing cards, he creates a name, action, and object for each card. The queen of hearts is his mother. So then when he's memorizing in groups of 3, the first thing gets the name, the 2nd the action, and the 3rd the object. In that way, the memory stays intact and in order.
Besides mental engagement, he also stressed three other factors to his strong memory which included fitness, nutrition, and social well-being.
In terms of nutrition, he eats products high in antioxidants like blueberries and DHA. To keep it simple, DHA is the stuff that helps your brain, eyes, and heart health. It's the essence that you want. According to studies, a high level of DHA intake has been associated with better memory.
You may have seen some of the products he's referring to in stores. Life's DHA produces many products with the algae-based omega 3 compound that's brain healthy like Horizon DHA Omega-3 milk and some of Minute Maid's juices.
Overall, an interesting event and I hope the tips help you and your family in their learning and memory! Let me know if it works for you or how you memorize things.
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