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Spaced Repetition Software Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material; this exploits the psychological spacing effect. Alternative names include spaced rehearsal, expanding rehearsal, graduated intervals, repetition spacing, repetition ...


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There are many techniques publicised, but many of them seem to come back to connecting the name with some physical representation of the person. For example I might link the surname Smith with someone's very dark eyebrows and in my head link this as Blacksmith. This might sound a little silly, but in fact the sillier aspect you can use the better the brain ...


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There are a few resources relating to Nootropics, and wikipedia is as good a staring place as any - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic . There is also Reddit, which is linked to above and a further subreddit would be http://www.reddit.com/r/nootropics The Immortality Institute has a large selection of members who use nootropics and are very ...


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Short term memory allows you to remember something for some seconds up to a small amount of minutes. It decays over time at a much faster rate than our long term memory, in the case that we don't recall... If we want to learn something so that we remember it for a longer time, it is important that we associate it with things we know or that we recall it ...


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Whoa ... slow down. :) Let's look at what you have. You have a great degree and a full-time job. Your basic needs and many of your wants are met. You've talked a lot about your weaknesses. What are your strengths? List those. (You don't have to tell us if you don't want to. This is for your benefit.) You have passions, right? Something that really ...


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Have you watched "No arms, no legs, no worries"? Nick is one of my heroes. You sound like you are disappointed with yourself. Don't be. That kind of thinking is not productive. You have a long list of improvements that you want to do. That's good. Started with an easiest one. Rewrite that list sorted from easiest to hardest. Stick it on your door so that ...


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I think there are elements of truth in all your points. I don't really think information is pushed out, it is just less current. There is a layering technique I have seen used to great effect, and which I try to use, which assumes 3 layers of memory: immediate, short term and long term. If I do something once, I can probably do it again straight away, as ...


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If you'd like to increase your memory stamina, the very best thing you can do for yourself is practice! Remember, your brain is a muscle, and without excercise, it becomes weaker. Brain excercises such as Puzzle games Crossword puzzles Flashcards Etc Are all viable options to help you to increase your memory and other brain functions as well. If you ...


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There have been a lot of studies on handwriting and memory. The Wall Street Journal article How Handwriting Trains the Brain talks about one such study that shows that children learn to recognize letter shapes faster and more accurately if they write them out rather than typing them. Writing by hand also helps adults who are learning a graphically ...


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I suggest you should read this HELPGUIDE article, really great tips include. Don’t skimp on exercise or sleep Make time for friends and fun Keep stress in check Bulk up on brain-boosting foods Give your brain a workout Also recomended links; Don’t Forget! Playing Games With Memory 6 Ways to Boost Brain Power Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Cognitive ...


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I think your issue is calling out for some type of breathing exercise or meditation. I have personally found a lot of relief from racing thoughts and stress through this method. The idea is to actively clear your mind, and allow it to focus on something other than work for a few minutes. I think you will find that an active approach to removing stress is ...


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Link to nootropics forum. The main problem with nootropics is that the most effective are prescription only.


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Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm talks about SuperMemo, software for this. There are clones to it. "SuperMemo is based on the insight that there is an ideal moment to practice what you've learned. Practice too soon and you waste your time. Practice too late and you've forgotten the material and have to relearn it. ...


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Simple answer to your question is no, it doesn't work. There are no studies using scientific rigors have been able to prove anything apart from retention increasing during alpha wave state...a relaxation state. Acquisition and Processing of Information During States of REM Sleep and Slow-Wave Sleep, and Perception Without Awareness of What Is Perceived, ...


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You have listed a lot of typical symptoms of depression. Try to get medical opinion on this. Check out what assistance your health insurance gives you, or as SteveV says, check out the option of paying for treatment. Explain your feelings to friends and family. Ask them for help and advice. Make social interaction a priority, even when you don't feel in the ...


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But of course! I would say preparing questions for material you study is pretty much the key to retention. You should also test yourself on those questions, that's even better. Such a learning tool even has a name: flashcards. Preparing Flashcards Flashcards come from the idea of preparing a stack of index cards where each card takes the question on the ...


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Alberto Dell'Isola describes a few tricks to memorize names in Super Memória - você também pode ter uma - portuguese (no official translation to English). Listen. Everyone likes when others show interest in their names so it's alright to ask him to repeat it or comment how unusual it sounds. Repeat. Add his name a few times in the conversation, in the Good ...


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My personal preference for learning via flashcard is as follows: I have two decks of cards, one is the "active" deck (stuff I'm just learning) and the other is the "review" deck (stuff I've already learned.) Beginning with the active deck, I pick the cards up and starting with the "question" side, say a foreign word, I give an answer, guessing if I have ...


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It sounds like you are experiencing an anamygdala hijack. An anamygdala hijack is your brain's response to a physical or emotional threat. This reaction prepares your body to either fight the threat or run from the threat. When one experiences an amygdala hijack, the amygdala overtakes the cerebrum (the thinking part of the brain) and there’s little or ...


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So there are two things there... one is universal capture (that is, getting things from your brain to your next-actions list without losing anything on the way) and the other is context (looking at the right bit of your next actions list when in a particular context) Looking at the first one first - there are lots of universal capture methods (I've always ...


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Another way is to send people invites on LinkedIn. Then you have a place where you can see peoples faces and names.


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To remember something, the thing you want to remember needs to have made an impression in your mind, and you need to be able to access it. For strengthening the impression emotion helps - you are much more likely to remember something that e.g. surprised you, made you laugh, or angered you, than something you had no paricular attitude towards. The other ...


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What I can say, by reading "59 seconds" which explore a lot of myths is that we definitely use our unconscious mind when not thinking directly at the problem. The author gives an example where you are given a challenge and then a group is given 5 min to think about it and another group is given another mind consuming 5 min activity (before going into the ...


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Seems to me your mind is clouded by negative thoughts. You should give mindfulness training a try. It's basically a very simple meditation technique (inspired by Buddhism) where you quietly sit down and focus on your breath, actively trying to eliminate all other thoughts. If done 7 minutes per day for a couple of weeks, this training has been shown to ...


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Research has shown that we remember things best by spaced repetition. My grandfather summarized it when talking about an oil finish on wood: daily for a week, weekly for a month, monthly for a year, yearly for life. The same kind of process (although perhaps with different intervals) is what works for people's memories, too. See Wikipedia on spaced ...


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I think it can be unpopular answer and not in the main stream but I think that the most is about motivation. If you really motivated to remember or to get something from the text you can do "miracles". Of course such answer wouldn't be of any worth if not followed by more explanation. I think before you start to read you need to know why you doing this and ...


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It wouldn't be wrong for me, I barely know national flags--thinking about flags would be useless. Here's the thing: how do you want to "be smart"? What do you mean by "be smart"? And, related, what do you mean by "be smart"? And which is the most important to you? And does it change based on context? E.g., you have no internet: how will you think about it ...


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http://www.reddit.com/r/psychopharmacology Also Bluelight's Advanced Drug Discussion (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/forums/155-Advanced-Drug-Discussion) with this thread in particular: http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/threads/430959-The-Large-and-Nifty-Not-quite-advanced-Drug-Chemistry-Pharmacology-and-More-Thread


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Someone else already suggested Anki and spaced repetition for optimal learning. I agree 100% with that recommendation, but would caution that your success with the method (or any flashcard method) depends strongly on the quality of the cards you produce. Well-formulated cards are easy to learn; poorly-formulated ones are a hindrance. The creator of ...


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I have found this site to be especially useful in researching many kinds of drugs. The amount of information for each specific drug varies, but ranges from the chemical formula to the legal status. https://www.erowid.org/ Here is the listing for nootropic drugs in particular. I posted the https link, but I'm not sure it will make it safe for work as this ...



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