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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!

When asking a question, the words "which" and "what" are frequently misused.

"What" is used to ask a question when there are an unknown number of possible answers. "Which" is used to ask a question when there are a fixed number of possible answers.

Incorrect:
With what hand do you write?
Which is your favorite color?

Correct:
With which hand do you write?
What is your favorite color?

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Close your eyes and try to recreate the following smells. This exercise helps improve your ability to form concrete impressions from memory, an ability that is one characteristic of creative people.

1. Brussel sprouts
2. A banana
3. Gasoline
4. Pencil shavings
5. Stinky socks

How well did you do at recreating the smells? How long did it take for each smell? Rank your recreation on a scale of 1-10 to how close it was to a real smell. Try to continuously improve.

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If you aren't taking notes, then you might want to start. Note taking has been proven to be a highly effective way to learn and remember material. When you take notes, you put the information into your own words. This "translation" makes a huge difference to your brain, which can now more easily digest the material.

Additionally, when you take notes you are giving yourself a way to review the information later. It is very unlikely that you will be able to remember everything the first time you hear it. When you forget something and you don't have notes, then it's going to be difficult to relearn it.

You don't have to write down every little fact in a lecture or chapter of a book. Just write down the key facts and any information that you find unusual or interesting. Notes are not meant to replace the primary information; they are simply an aid to jog your memory.

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