Memory and the ability to retain/recall information is crucial for progressing in any skill. The better you can do this, the quicker you can become a master at your creative pursuits.
Here are some of the best techniques I’ve learned from people much smarter than myself to improve memory, focus, and overall intellect.
Tim Ferriss, world renowned developer of many accelerated learning techniques, frequently incorporates exercise or movement into his learning process. For example, in his TV show the Tim Ferriss Experiment, he was tasked with learning a new language in 5 days. He spent a fair amount of his study time riding a stationary bicycle.
The days of our parents telling us that playing video games rots your brain are over.
There are gobs of studies and quantified data that shows how much your brain improves from gaming, in areas such as problem solving, critical thinking, memory, and focus. Beneficial games include anything from role playing, racing, first person shooter, strategy, and puzzles.
Some of my favorite online brain games are:
Teaching a skill immediately after you’ve learned it drastically helps in the retention of that information. To quote the most quoted person in history:
“If you cannot explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”
– Albert Einstein
When you actually implement what you learn, your neural connections
for that memory strengthen because now there are motor skills and other sensory inputs associated with it. The quicker you do this, the better you’ll retain it.
Teaching increases retention of information (an example)
CNN post on video game usage
Video Games impact on multitasking and learning
The impact of movement on learning
Self-taught graphic designer, accredited music composer/producer, forensic audio engineer and a former U.S. Marine. Lives, works and plays in Los Angeles.