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How to Boost Your Brain Power & Noticeably Improve Your Memory

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To be a successful student, you not only need to learn information, but you need to retain it as well! No matter who you are, everyone struggles to remember things from time to time, whether it's a theory you studied or where you put down your keys. Fortunately, you can use these tricks to train your memory for use as a super-powerful tool.

Mnemonics

Using mnemonics to remember important information can make your life much easier. Mnemonics can take many forms, such as an acronym that replaces a list (like HOMES for the five Great Lakes), or an association or rhyme that helps you recall a name or other fact (such as Tall Tom or “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”).

Visualizations

If you’re a visual learner, try thinking about your written notes as images. For example, to remember the names of the halogen elements—fluorine, chlorine, bromine and iodine—you might combine the names into an image of someone cleaning the floor (fluorine) of a diner (iodine) with a broom (bromine) and chlorine bleach. Often the more detailed (or more bizarre) the image, the better you'll remember it! For some visual learners, drawing flow charts and tables can also be helpful. While not everyone benefits from these techniques, many people do find that pictures linger in their memory better than words.

Memory Exercises

The more you use your powers of memorization, the stronger they'll get. Playing memory games in your spare time can help your memory get used to storing and retrieving information. Next time you're on a study break, challenge your friends to a game of "I went to the store and bought." In this game, you list one item, then another person lists your item plus an additional item, and this continues with each person adding another item to the list. The challenge is to memorize the order of the words without forgetting any.

Focus

Psychology studies show that people learn much more effectively when they focus solely on one task at a time (meaning no multitasking!). Your study sessions should be free from distractions, including TV, radio, conversations with friends, or a phone constantly buzzing with calls. If the idea of knuckling down with no distractions sounds scary, schedule shorter study sessions with breaks in between. It's amazing how much you can achieve in just 20 minutes of focused study, compared to an hour-long session where you have Facebook open in the background and your friends talking to you on chat.

Brain Foods

What you put into your body can affect how your brain works. To boost brain power, eat a balanced diet containing proteins, vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and avoid consuming too much sugar or caffeine. In particular, Omega-3s are thought to be particularly important for brain health and can be found in fish, spinach, walnuts, flaxseed and a variety of other foods.

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- 10 Mnemonic Tricks for Never Forgetting Anything Again
- Multi-Tasking Adversely Affects the Brain's Learning Systems
- 7 Tricks To Improve Your Memory
- How to Improve Your Memory

Explore our programs in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Education.

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The Class of 2013 by the Numbers

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In 2013, Argosy University, Online Programs had 1,598 graduates, and we’d like to congratulate each and every one of you! Today, we're taking a closer look at our numbers to learn about these graduates and the class of 2013 as a whole!

By The Program

In 2013, 58% of our graduates earned a master’s or doctoral degree, whereas 42% earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Below are the top 5 programs with the most graduates:

1. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with 459 graduates
2. Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology with 211 graduates
3. Master of Business Administration with 165 graduates
4. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with 73 graduates
5. Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology with 58 graduates

By States & Countries

Overwhelmingly, most students were US citizens or listed their country as the United States, including attendees from Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 49 of the 50 states were represented, with the following states accounting for the largest numbers of our students:

• Georgia
• Pennsylvania
• California
• Arizona
• Texas

According to our admissions records, international students came to Argosy University, Online Programs from Canada, Greece, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, and Saint Kitts and Nevis!

By Military Status

164 of our graduates (over 10%!) were affiliated with the U.S. military in some manner, including veterans and active duty military members. Argosy University extends our sincerest gratitude for all that these individuals have done for the United States.

By Age & Gender

Last year, almost 75% of our graduates were female. Our youngest graduate was just 20, while our most senior student was 72. The median age of our graduates was 36.

Learn more about Argosy University, Online Programs today!

See auprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Are You Struggling to Keep Your New Year's Resolution?

Every year, people carefully choose New Year’s resolutions and vow to stick to them. Many start strong at the beginning of January, but some begin to falter toward the end of the month.

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Don't give up on keeping your New Year's Resolution this year. Stay strong with these tips and 2014 can be the year you follow through on your goals!

Start Small

You may think that making several goals at the beginning of the year is beneficial – if you don’t keep four or five, you may keep at least one or two. In reality, having two many goals can actually be overwhelming. If you’re struggling with trying to change too much at once, pick one or two major goals and stick with them.

Support

Talk about your goals with your friends, classmates, relatives or people on social media. Find support from those with common goals and common obstacles. These people can hold you accountable and check in on your progress, which can be powerful motivation. If your goal is related to your education at Argosy University, you can find support from your peers in the classroom, on Connections and on social media. Plus, your academic counselor, admissions representative or even student finance counselor can provide you with the information and encouragement you need to stay on track!

Set a Realistic Goal

Before you start, make sure your goal is realistic within your lifestyle. If you decide to go back to school or you’re just starting out, think about how this will affect your schedule and adjust it as necessary. Remember, achieving your goal will take time and dedication, and there’s no shame in starting with a series of smaller goals so that lead up to you achieving a larger end goal.

Write Your Goal Down

There’s something about putting a goal in writing that makes it seem more real. Using the education goal, determine how many classes you need to meet the goal of a degree. Keep a list of required classes, then cross them off as you complete them. When you keep track of everything, you can actually see (and celebrate) your progress!

These tips can help you stick to your goal until you make it a reality. Once you obtain one goal, move on to the next—there’s no need to wait to January to roll around again!

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- 6 Tricks to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick 
- Making Your New Year's Resolution Stick

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