Weekly Roundup

A selection of five articles that you might find interesting.

15 Mnemonic Devices That’ll Help You Remember Just About Anything

Mnemonic devices are memory aids that help you remember a specific thing. They can be acronyms, sentences, rhymes, or any other device that calls the things you’re trying to remember to mind.

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Memorize More With the Best Mnemonics From Wikipedia

There is nothing too smart or too stupid for a mnemonic. They can teach you features of specific neurological disorders, or they can teach you how to open a jar. Here are some of the cleverest memory aids that you might not know yet, as catalogued by Wikipedia.

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EDUCATION: Science can help with revision

Exams can be testing in more ways than the obvious. But there are skills and strategies which can make it easier.

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Helping toddlers in their speech and language

Language development is a critical part of children’s overall development and supporting good language development starts well before a child actually begins school.

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The Top Ten Mnemonics

Ways of remembering otherwise meaningless sequences in maths, astronomy, music, history, biology, shipping, chemistry and geography.

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Weekly Roundup

Welcome to the weekly roundup where we gather five or more articles and/or videos that we think will interest you.

15 Effortless Memorization Tricks To Remember Anything

The struggle is real!

With so much happening in life, it’s hard to remember the details. In particular, names, due dates, requirements and locations slip from the mind every so often.

But the memorization tricks outlined in this article should ensure that you never forget stuff that matters.

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How Reading Makes you more Intelligent and Empathetic

Fitness headlines promise staggering physical results: a firmer butt, ripped abs, bulging biceps. Nutritional breakthroughs are similar clickbait, with attention-grabbing, if often inauthentic—what, really, is a “superfood?”—means of achieving better health.

Strangely, one topic usually escaping discussion has been shown, time and again, to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic animals: reading.

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Four Time Memory Champion: 3 Things You Should do Every Day to Improve Your Memory

Dellis scoured the internet looking for tips to improve his memory and joined a few forums where professional “memory athletes” (people who train their memory skills for high performance) discussed memory techniques.

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Why Learning the Hard Ways is Best

I’ve tried learning the techniques of memory champions and teaching those to my students. But unless exams become about remembering the order of a pack of cards, those techniques won’t provide any kind of quick fix.

So where to turn? Well, as much as it pains me to say, (especially in this “on demand” age where we tend to want everything quicker and easier), the truth is that learning is most effective when it is not easy.

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A Memory Expert Shares Tips for Improving Your Recall Abilities

While it’s unlikely that you can remember every day crystal clearly (like those who have HSAM, Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory), there are strategies for improving memory retention outside of fighting memory loss associated with aging.

We asked Francis Blondin, two-time Canadian Memory Champion and board member of the Canadian Mind Sports Association, for his insight on the different kinds of memory and where we might be able to focus our brain building efforts.

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Weekly IQ Roundup

Welcome to the weekly roundup where we gather five or more articles and/or videos that we think will interest you.

A viral photo of a teacher in Ghana explaining how computers work — without computers — has resulted in a promise by Microsoft to send him new computer equipment.

Information and communication technology (ICT) teacher Richard Appiah Akoto shared a photo of himself using a blackboard to show his students how to use Microsoft Word.

“Teaching of ICT in Ghana’s school is very funny,” Mr Akoto said in a Facebook post.

The post was shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter, and gained prominence after being picked up by international websites and tech enthusiasts.

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Sleep Matters

Actor, comedienne, and sleep deprived new dad Lawrence leung explores the latest science behind sleep to find out what he’s missing and if he really needs it at all.

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Does your brain make your decisions before you do?

The experiments in question involved brain scans that could predict people’s conscious choices before they were aware of choosing.

Based on these studies, some have claimed that the brain does the choosing for us, and what we perceive as our free decisions are really just part of some deterministic chain of events initiated by merely physical causes.

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Boost your ADHD IQ: Latest Diagnosis and treatment guidelines.

Impress your friends and family with your high “ADHD IQ,” by reading up on the most current diagnosis and treatment guidelines for kids and adults.

Attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) seems to be everywhere these days. In recent years, the number of diagnoses has skyrocketed. More than 6.4 million U.S. youth — one in nine children between the ages of 4 and 17 — have now, at some point in their lives, received a diagnosis of ADHD, according to a major national survey of parents.

The disorder has recently become the second most frequent diagnosis of a chronic condition for children, after asthma.

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Design Thinking. Getting Started with Empathy.

In a general sense, empathy is our ability to see the world through other people’s eyes, to see what they see, feel what they feel, and experience things as they do.

Of course, none of us can fully experience things the way someone else does, but we can attempt to get as close as possible, and we do this by putting aside our own preconceived ideas and choosing to understand the ideas, thoughts, and needs of others instead.

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