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Advice for Learning Vocabulary. From Saint Louis University First, it is often helpful to have some kind of "hook" (i.e., mnemonic or memory-device) to help you to retrieve the word or meaning that you want to remember.

Advice for Learning Vocabulary

Second, you need practice in recalling the word. Third, you need to hear, see, and understand the word repeatedly in its various forms and in its most typical contexts. Practica Quaedam Face the facts! You will save much time and frustration by discovering precisely how you learn vocabulary most speedily and securely. Your goal should be a deep-processing of words. Consilia (Recommendations) The following points, or some combination of them, may help you find your own best way to learn vocabulary. Flash-card technology is still better than the most expensive educational computer gear that you can buy. Using index cards or a pack of blank business cards, write the target words and phrases on the cards, putting one language on the front and the other on the back. How to Improve Your Memory: Tips and Exercises to Boost Brainpower. Harnessing the power of your brain They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but when it comes to the brain, scientists have discovered that this old adage simply isn’t true.

How to Improve Your Memory: Tips and Exercises to Boost Brainpower

The human brain has an astonishing ability to adapt and change—even into old age. This ability is known as neuroplasticity. With the right stimulation, your brain can form new neural pathways, alter existing connections, and adapt and react in ever-changing ways. The brain’s incredible ability to reshape itself holds true when it comes to learning and memory. Improving memory tip 1: Don't skimp on exercise or sleep Just as an athlete relies on sleep and a nutrition-packed diet to perform his or her best, your ability to remember increases when you nurture your brain with a good diet and other healthy habits.

When you exercise the body, you exercise the brain Treating your body well can enhance your ability to process and recall information. Improve your memory by sleeping on it Laughter is good for your brain. How to Make a Mind Map® The 'Laws of Mind Mapping' were originally devised by Tony Buzan when he codified the use of imagery, colour and association and coined the phrase 'Mind Mapping'.

How to Make a Mind Map®

In the intervening 30 plus years, there have been many variations on the original 'Mind Map ' and the widespread usage of mapping software of various sorts, has dramatically changed what is possible. >> Click here to go to a video that provides a rapid (99 second) overview of how to Mind Map. (Note that you will be asked for your e-mail address so that you can view the video free of charge).

The summary below is based on Buzan's structure (a 'Mind Mapping, how to' - details available in his many books) but we believe that whilst this structure is great for establishing well structured maps that can be used in many different ways, variations on these rules or 'laws' are often sensible and appropriate - as long as they are based on an understanding of why the laws exist and what they are trying to help the mind mapper to achieve. Learning Styles.