By Richard Ryland
A common question asked by students worldwide is – “Will I get good grades if I improve my memory?” Certainly, there is a correlation between the two and improving memory is the most common approach students end up using in their endeavor of getting better grades.
There are consequences if they aren’t performing well in school. High school students won’t have an easy time being accepted into a college they want to and college students won’t be able to land the more desirable and financially rewarding jobs, which are increasingly in short supply.
Without good memorization skills and good grades, they don’t have an easy road ahead of them. The job market is so competitive now and just being mediocre doesn’t cut it anymore.
Improving memory is an important step in getting better grades, one that you shouldn’t take lightly. Everyone is different but there are basic steps to improving memory that seem to produce very positive results.
Getting the proper amount of the right kind of sleep is probably the number one thing you can do to improve memory. The right kind of sleep is uninterrupted, restful sleep and a minimum of 6 to 8 hours is the proper amount. Sleep deprived people are far less likely to memorize, retain, and recall things with any amount of accuracy. There are many good natural supplements that promote good, restful sleep. If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, ask a pharmacist what is best.
Stress – most people don’t know that high or uncontrolled stress can cause brain damage. I’m not talking about damage that leaves you handicapped or anything like that, but rather the reduced capacity for retaining and recalling memories your brain will have if you don’t reduce or control the stress you have in your life. Only work on the stressful situations you have control over and let the ones go that you don’t have any control over. These will only cause more unnecessary stress.
Laugh as much and as often as you can. It’s no secret that laughing relieves stress and that’s a good thing, right? You know you feel better after a good, long belly laugh. Find ways to have those more in your daily life. Only you know what triggers those laughs in you so start thinking about them. For a lot of people it’s watching their absolute favorite comedy series, listening to their favorite comedian, or being around people that naturally exude happiness and laughter. Do your best to laugh a lot every day.
Nutrition – getting the proper nutrition is key in giving your body and brain what they need to function optimally. This is interconnected with getting good sleep and reducing stress. While at times it can be difficult to eat properly, it isn’t that hard to do. It’s just something you have to make up your mind to do. If you can’t come up with a plan, talk with a friend who has a healthy diet or a nutritionist.
Exercise your brain daily! Get involved with “Brain Games” that present something new, different, and challenging for your mind. Doing this has proven to aid in your memorization, retention, and recalling skills. These skills are vital for improving memory and good grades. If you Google “Brain Exercises” you will find more than enough info to get you going.
Have you examined your study habits? Do you study whenever you can cram it in or do you have a schedule? If you have a schedule, you definitely have the advantage over those that don’t. It is known that studying when you have planned for it and are rested and alert produces the best results in memory retention and recall. Develop a schedule and make adjustments, as necessary, until you ultimately have one that fits your lifestyle and works for you. Once that is done, now comes the most critical part…you must follow it every day! Your schedule, no matter how good it is, will be totally ineffective if you don’t stick to it.
Improving your memory and getting good grades isn’t just important now, but forever. The kinds of grades you’re getting right now will dictate your future. It’s important to start your life off on the right foot!