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You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!

These letter exercises will help increase your concentration and mental endurance. The better you become at focusing your attention on the task, the faster you will get at each exercise.

1. Recite the alphabet backwards.
2. Recite the alphabet skipping every other letter. (A, C, E, G, ...)
3. Try spelling two words by alternating one letter at a time (example with words "carrot" and "potato": cpaortraotto)
4. Pick a word and spell it. Then shift it by a letter and spell again. Repeat. (example: RELAX, ELAXR, LAXRE, AXREL, ...)

Remember, this is a mental exercise, so try to do it with your eyes closed.

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haugh-ty

adj :: Arrogantly conceited.

"The haughty businessman would not listen to concerns that he was leading the company astray."

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We have written about many different types of Mnemonics and Systems (Peg, Phonetic, Loci, etc). Using a system is a very effective way to study because you can reduce the number of repetitions necessary to learn the material. This gives you extra time to over-learn it, or to learn something else. Over-learning always helps to improve retention regardless of whether you use a mnemonic system.

One thing to keep in mind is that using a mnemonic system does not magically implant the information into your memory forever. It only allows you to speed up the normal process. Thus, you will still need to review the material from time to time if you want to retain the information. The good news is that it is much easier to review material if it has a mnemonic attached to it.

Mnemonics are sometimes taught in the classroom, and sometimes the teacher provides actual associations that you can use. This is good for people who are untrained, but studies have shown that if you create your own associations, you will learn the material more quickly because it will be more meaningful to you.

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