Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster

To strengthen your muscles, you go to the gym. To improve your endurance, you run outside or take to the trails. Maybe you do not do any of these, but you still wish to exercise more. While we spend so much time on improving our bodies, shouldn’t we also be focusing on how to train our brains?

You can train your brain to:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations
  • Learn faster in all kinds of skills. It’s no problem to learn a new language, or a management skill.
  • Be aware of the diseases that can affect you as you age. Consider Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Continue reading to learn how you can train your brain to improve your cognitive skills and short and long-term memory.

1. Use your memory

Twyla Tharp is a NYC-based choreographer who has created the following memory exercise:

She tries to recall the first 12 to 14 corrections she wants to make with her cast while she is watching one of her performances.

This is no small feat. She says in her book The Creative Habit that most people can only remember three.

Brain fitness studies have shown that memory exercises can be used to recall events and things, as well as sharing them with others. Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation–receiving, remembering and thinking–help to improve the function of the brain.

You may not be able to correct dancers, but you might have to give feedback on a presentation or tell your friends about interesting things that you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities for you to train your brain and flex your memory muscles.

 

 

2. Do Something Different Again

Your brain will create new pathways by doing the same thing over and over, which in turn can help you do the new thing faster and better. This improves certain cognitive functions.

Recall when you were just three years old. You were probably strong enough to hold a knife or fork. But, eating by yourself was a disaster.

You see, it was not about strength. It was about cultivating better neural pathways that would allow you to eat on your own, just like an adult. You made it possible by repetition!

What does this mean for your life now?

You might be a procrastinator. The more you stop procrastinating , then your brain will learn to not wait until the last minute to get things done.

You might think, “Ofcourse, if only procrastinating was that easy!”

By doing something small, that you would not normally do, and in the direction to accomplishing that task you will create those precious neural pathways.

You don’t have to put off organizing your desk. Just grab one piece of paper and place it in the right spot. You can also go smaller. Take a piece of paper and decide what to do with it. Which cabinet is right? A second room? Give it to someone else?

You don’t have to actually clean that paper. All you need is to decide what to do about it to train your brain.

This is how small you can begin. Yet, these neural pathways are still being created. Gradually you will be transformed from a procrastinator into an in-the moment action-taker.

3. Discover Something New

Although it may sound obvious, your brain will perform better if you do more with it.

Learning a new instrument can improve your ability to translate sheet music (sheet music) into something you can actually do (playing that instrument).

Learn a foreign language opens up your brain to new ways of thinking and expression.

It’s possible to take it one more and learn to dance. Research shows that dancing helps seniors to avoid Alzheimer’s [1].

Identifying your learning style is key to better learning new things. Understanding your learning style will help you maximize your learning potential and make learning easier. Do you not know your learning style? Take the assessment to find out.

4. Learn how to train your brain

You can improve your brain function by using the Internet, even while you’re sitting down on your couch. The free Fast-Track class spark your learning genius can help improve your memory, thinking speed, and train your brain for anything.

5. Get your body moving

Exercise is not only good for your body but also helps to improve your brain’s fitness.

Even a 20-minute exercise can improve information processing and memory functions [2]. It’s more than that. Exercise actually speeds up the creation of new neural connections in your brain. Your ability to learn will improve, your alertness will increase, and all this is possible by moving your body.

You can change your brain by repeatedly training it to do something different.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

You need meaningful relationships to help you train your brain and improve your cognitive abilities. Engaging with loved ones and talking with them can help you think clearly and lift your mood.

This is even more true if you’re an extrovert. Extroverts use speaking to others to process and understand their thoughts, according to a Stanford University class.

I recall that our teacher said that she was shocked that she had declared herself an extrovert after taking a personality quiz. She was an introvert her whole life. She realized how much she could benefit from talking with others, and she decided to accept her new status as an extrovert.

7. Crossword Puzzles are not to be trusted

When we think about how to exercise our brains, many of us think crossword Puzzles. Crossword puzzles can improve fluency. However, studies show that they are not sufficient to train the brain and prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s .

They may be entertaining, but they won’t sharpen your mind.

You can do this for enjoyment, but it is fine if you’re doing it for brain health and fitness. You might choose to do it for brain health or fitness.