Improved Academics

Success on many tests, especially standardized exams, has a lot to do with memory. When you’re faced with multiple choice questions, your ability to remember the correct answer from the available options depends on how well your memory works. Some people are gifted with better-than-average memories, while others have to work to achieve the focus that will allow them to succeed. Here are a few tips that can help your memory skills.


Woman studying her notesOften used as a method for stress relief, research indicates that people who partake in meditation experience improved memory. Meditation has the ability to help people concentrate; performing well on standardized tests is often linked to focus.

Caffeine Boost

Some studies suggest that caffeine after a learning task can improve memory recall. The research focused on the effects of caffeine on memory consolidation: The process of strengthening the memories we’ve created. Researchers believe that when caffeine is used after learning, rather than before, the ability to recall what was learned increased.


Studies conducted on rat and human brains indicate regular exercise often improves memory recall. Research also shows that regular fitness in older adults has may even slow the decline of memory. You don’t have to train for three hours to see results; sometimes consistent walks are enough to show memory improvements.


In today’s fast-paced world, sleep has become difficult for many students. Lack of sleep has long been related to poor memory, as sleep helps strengthen short-term memories that can be transformed into long-term memories. Getting between 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night is considered optimal. While you may be able to perform on 4 or 5 hours of sleep, in time you may notice difficulty in remembering important details.
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