Have you ever taken an IQ test perhaps during a scholarship interview or just before or after an exam to find your IQ reasonably high, only to take the same test later when you aren’t doing anything [mental] only to find that your IQ points drop? (Wow that was a long question). The human mind and memory grow sharper the more you use them and the more you use them judiciously.
Outlined below are some tips I have collated from various sources and employed myself which are proven to make your memory sharper and your powers of observation more keen. Like all things, the tips are dependent on your Will and will not work if you choose to play with them.
Without further ado
- Playing board games: According to some sources, it is believed that playing board games such as chess, scrabble, draught, monopoly etc. are tied to how keen an individual’s memory is. It is also believed that playing such games increases IQ points (which anybody logical should have observed) and sharpen the memory. The long and short of it is that when waiting to see a movie or on queue to buy fuel, rather than play Candy Crush, play chess or draught as this is good for you. These ‘board’ games are also available for download on most platforms.
- (Learning to ) Play a musical instrument: Playing musical instruments is linked to having a good memory, for instance, a piano. It takes nothing short of genius level intellect or a great memory to be able to play a whole piece without looking at the music book (that’s what it’s called right?). So also, learning to play an instrument will work wonders for your memory and is also said to increase the general longevity of life.
- (Learning to) Speak a new language: Oh Yoruba boy, you find yourself serving in Anambra state; don’t shy away from the language and communicate only in English, learn the local language spoken there. This without a doubt improves memory and also increases your IQ. Even if you find yourself in a place where everyone speaks English, you can take a language course online or download eBooks and audiobooks to guide you along your journey.
- Read as much as you can: Mark Twain once said the only difference between the living and the dead is that one can read while the other cannot. As much as possible, try to read one book every week and if you can’t manage that, one book every month should not be too hard. It goes without saying that reading books helps boost your memory and sharpen your senses.
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