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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