In my last post I talked about why boys donâ€™t read, and how girls are more likely to put a book and read.
One of the problems I believe that’s plaguing many boys around the Caribbean, is a lack of attention-span. Boys tend to have very short attention span compare to girls, which makes it difficult for them to enjoy reading.
The video below talks about how anyone can develop a super memory, and likewise increase their attention-span.
Tony Buzan is a leading expert on the brain and learning, and was founder of the World Memory Championships. In this video he talks about overcoming the common problems that people have with memory, and using your memory power to its full potential.
Step 1.Analyse the problems you have with memory
Think about the kind of situations where you often forget. Analyse what’s going wrong, and set goals for how you want to improve your memory.
Step 2.Use associations to help you remember
When trying to remember something, link it to something you will remember easily. The brain remembers better when using association and links.
Step 3.Use images to help you remember
Your brain is more likely to remember things if you link them to something visual. The memory works more effectively when it uses images.
Exams: How To Develop A Super Memory
Iâ€™m curious – what are some other ways to boost brain power and develop a super memory? Tell us in the comments.
The problem with memory is often associated with a lack of ability to focus. The events or material is rather fuzzy not allowing it to take hold in our minds – hence the popular diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder. Diet modification can go a long way in assisting with this lack of focus and inability to retain information. Many kids are now eating foods high in sugar (not just processed foods but fruits as well) and their bodies are unable to cope – adding Vitamin B1 to the diet makes a difference in a child (or adult) who exhibits many of the symptoms associated with ADD (there have been many studies on the positive effects of Vitamin B1, one need only look for them). If you are into herbal medicine, a daily dose of Gingko and Ginseng will do the trick and for an adult who needs help focusing, maintaining energy (which is also very important in focus and memory retention) Yerba Mate is a healthy tea/coffee like herb (without the negative effects of caffeine or addiction). Blueberries are also a good addition to the diet and have been shown to enhance brain function. Yoga is a great method of exercise that requires focus, also alllowing the one who practices to build the necessary discipline needed to focus. The methods suggested for retaining memory are very helpful but I do believe we need to start with the foundation – our bodies – first. Only in well nourished soil can a seed really grow to its greatest potential.
I realize I forgot to mention Rosemary (this memory lapse was temporary as I utilize a combination of my suggestions above) 🙂 Rosemary essential oil or fresh Rosemary, when you pass it lightly under your nose will clear up your nasal passages, increase energy and enhance memory function. The science behind this is simple – if you are able to take greater, deeper, clearer breaths, you are able to get more oxygen to your brain which in turn continues to help maintain a healthy organ.