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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!

One technique that will help you improve your creativity is to start expressing your ideas visually. Using words to describe your thoughts allows you to see them in only one way. If you can diagram, map, or sketch your ideas, you will see them from different perspectives and be better able to communicate them to others. Drawing your ideas also helps you to refine your ideas or find better solutions. You may find that in drawing your solution you notice a flaw that you never would have discovered otherwise.. An investment in a good drawing book (we recommend Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards) will greatly increase your ability to express your ideas visually.

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per-si-flage

noun :: Frivolous or bantering talk.

"Instead of lecturing, the teacher's persiflage encouraged participation in the subject."

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Many of our mnemonic systems rely on making visual associations. Visual associations are very effective in recalling concrete material that can be easily pictured in the mind. Abstract material is often difficult to visualize, although the phonetic system does do a good job at making numbers concrete.

For abstract material, verbal associations are much more effective. Verbal associations are things like rhymes, acronyms and acrostics.

You should never rely on one mnemonic system for all of your learning. When you are studying something, try to determine if the material is abstract or concrete and pick a mnemonic system that best suits the material.

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