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How to Train Your Brain to Retain Information

Train your brain to retain information with these tips, and fight the fear that you’re losing your faculties.


  • Step 1: Create and memorize lists Create and memorize lists, organized alphabetically, logically, or however helps you to recall information. Test different systems to find the best one.
  • Step 2: Sing or rhyme Sing or rhyme the information so that you can recall it through the familiarity of music or word patterns.
  • Step 3: Review information Review information constantly, in short bursts and at staggered intervals to retain.
  • TIP: Rest your mind. Studies show we can lose retention if we don’t.
  • Step 4: Let it sink in Write information down in your own words. Then speak the words aloud so that you use several senses in the process.
  • Step 5: Find quiet places Find quiet, secluded places to study. Practice deep breathing while you read in order to concentrate.
  • TIP: Most people forget as much as 80 percent of what they have learned within 24 hours of learning it.
  • Step 6: Utilize speed reading Utilize speed reading exercises. Scanning for key words and underlining can reinforce memory skills.
  • FACT: Alzheimer’s is expected to triple, affecting more than 13 million people over the next 40 years.

You Will Need

  • Lists
  • Songs and rhymes
  • Pen and paper
  • Quiet
  • secluded place
  • Speed reading exercises
  • Rest (optional)

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