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Give your mind a workout and it’ll pay off major dividends.

Cognitive training can improve students’ academic self-efficacy, according to studies. Brain training is so popular that people spend around $1.9 billion per year on apps and tools that will boost their cognitive function. As a student, you might think that you don’t have the time to take part in brain training activities, but each activity doesn’t have to take you long at all. Let’s take a look at some of the best brain training and development tips and tricks.

Play Games

Studies have found that brain training games improve cognitive performance in healthy people. Improved performance was found after just 15 minutes of games, seven days per week for 21 days. There are all sorts of brain training games you can play, including sudoku, crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, brain teasers and riddles. There are also online platforms such as Lumosity that work on increasing processing speed, attention to detail, memory and problem-solving skills. One of the best things about brain training games is you can do them electronically and on paper, so you’ll be able to squeeze in a quick game or two between lectures.

Deep Breathing

It’s not just aging individuals who have poor memory. 14% of young people say they experience memory lapses. Regularly doing deep breathing exercises is a good way to improve your memory. One study found that participating in just one deep breathing session had a positive and long-lasting impact on motor memories. You could start your breathing exercises by doing Pilates or yoga before class. From there, learn more extensive breathing techniques, so that you can benefit from meditation and visualization techniques.

Express Yourself 

Being creative is one of the best things you can do to improve your brain function. This is because your entire brain is needed when you’re creative. Whether it’s drawing, painting, writing, building, cooking, crafts, photography or gardening, there are so many creative activities you can do that boost your brain. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at a new creative skill either as this will get your brain working even harder. Creativity also trains the brain to remain calm. This is good for you mentally and physically as you’ll be less likely to feel stressed or overwhelmed when trying to meet a deadline.

Brain training can help you do better at college and improve your health. These are just a few ways you can help improve your brain, but you should also pay attention to your exercise and eating habits.


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