Train Your Brain

Do WhiteBoards Limit Your Creativity? Introducing IdeaPaint

If you are an Entrepreneur or a Business Owner and you tend to get creative ideas and want to run with these ideas, you probably don’t always paint within the lines or believe in being restricted.

I have been really impressed with what the guys at IdeaPaint have done and love how they took a simple concept, the whiteboard, and turned it into an out of the box business.

Instead of restricting the size of your whiteboard, why not make it possible to turn a whole wall into a whiteboard?

My buddy Jason Sadler of IWearYourShirt.com has done an excellent review of the IdeaPaint product so I thought I’d let him show you more about IdeaPaint.

If you have kids who want to draw on the walls, this could be an option for you to let their creativity run wild. If you are a business owner, this could be a wise investment for you because you won’t have a limit to a sheet of paper or small whiteboard when mind mapping your idea or drawing out your thoughts.

If you think IdeaPaint would be a useful investment for you,
click here to learn more about IdeaPaint.

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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Study Tips for Those Who Want to Get a Scholarship

If you’re gearing for scholarships, you’ve got to excel academically. That means you’ll need to hone those study skills and learn memorization tricks that will boost your learning curve. Scientists have determined that the more senses you use while studying, the better you’ll remember information. Try these tried and true study methods to get top grades, study for the SAT, and improve your chances at getting a scholarship:

Use Your Sense of Touch

If you need to spell things correctly, try using Scrabble tiles to spell out your answers (manipulating the physical tiles will use more than one sense to help you get that spelling rooted in your brain). Another sensory trick is to hold something cold or place your hand in a pot of ice cold water when studying something you need to memorize. The sensation of cold will stimulate your brain such that you retain the memory associated with that experience.
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Use Visual Cues

If you need to associate a definition with a word, use color association and write out the word in one color on one side of the flashcard, and the definition on the other side of the flashcard in the same color. Another great way to memorize information is to draw pictures that help you memorize or interpret meanings of words or concepts. For example, if you need to remember that “agua” means “water” in Spanish, draw a teardrop around the word “agua” and write the word in blue. You can even add waves or an umbrella if it helps you. 

Use Auditory Stimulation (Sense of Hearing)

Reciting important information out loud can help you remember key points. Reading out loud will also help you catch grammar errors and spot poor sentence flow or lack of coherency in a paragraph, which will improve your written answers and can affect your ability to write compelling papers and essays. 

An incredibly helpful tick is to hear yourself reciting answers or definitions. Try this method of studying: Invest in a piece of plastic tubing (the stuff plumbers use under your kitchen sink) and tape the two elbows together such that you make a phone of sorts. Speak into one end, and put the other end on your ear and play telephone with yourself. Hearing yourself say the answers out loud will help you isolate, focus, and memorize information. 

Another good trick is to turn whatever you need to remember into a song and memorize the lyrics. Some things, such as the basic elements of chemistry chart (performed by They Might Be Giants) and several grammar rules (Schoolhouse Rocks) have already been turned into songs. The music will make it easier to memorize the information. 

Use Your Sense of Smell

Your sense of smell is linked to a very primal emotional center in your brain, so any smells you can associate with studying will affect how you feel and how well you remember information. Try lighting a candle, wearing peppermint essential oil, chewing peppermint gum, or studying outside where you can smell an emotionally stimulating smell such as freshly cut grass. 

 

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Move Your Body

Many people find studying while moving increases their ability to recall information. Try listening to a recording from class on your iPod while you jog or try making up cheers to definitions. It may seem crazy, but it works!

Put these study methods into practice and you’ll find your grades will improve, as will your retention of information learned. 

ErinnStam

Erinn Stam is the Managing Editor for scholarships for nursing school. She attends Wake Technical Community College and is learning about nursing scholarships for single mothers. She lives in Durham, NC with her lovely 4-year-old daughter and exuberant husband.

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Brain Training Games

Brain Training Games

In this post I want to share with you some games that you can start to play that will help you train your brain. These games are going to work different parts of your brain and will help you with improving the different areas of your brain.  


This exercise is simple and tests how quickly your brain recognizes a change in color. The goal of this is to see how quickly you can recognize a color change on your computer screen and click the mouse to confirm that you saw the color change. They tell you to shoot for a score of .20 seconds on this test. It’s pretty difficult the first few times but the more you do it, the faster you’ll be able to react. This type of test is good for you because it will help you with recognizing changes quicker. There is also a second Reflex Test, try to get 58 points in that one, If you do achieve these two goals then you’re very fast.

As you are aware, creativity is a great thing. It’s essential that business owners like yourself think and act in creative ways in order to grow your business and have your business evolve with the changing times. By stimulating these areas of your brain, it will wake up the dormant areas of your brain. This game can be pretty addicting so make sure you aren’t interrupting your work time.

If you ever played the game, Simon, when you were growing up; this game is very similar to that game. This game is great because it stimulates different areas of your brain that are responsible for storing and retrieving information. This game can be very fun and will definitely keep you on your toes and help you improve your memory.

This game blew me away when I first saw it. (Mainly because I didn’t read the directions)

The concept is that you want to move a number of disks from one pole to another in a specific way. You will have to figure out the algorithm to properly do it. I recommend grabbing a piece of paper and a pencil to write out the algorithm.

There are three games that are about chess that will help you improve your intelligence. You can play the regular version of  chess which is simply the best strategy game, also another strategy game called 8 Queens, and finally another brain game called (Chess Knight).

These are very good workouts, chess can help you gain the ability of good thinking and making creative strategies, if you don’t know how to play chess, then either check for the rules online before playing, or just jump to the next game. Chess is also considered the most left-brain game you can play so it’s a great way to train your analytical side of your brain.


This is my mom’s favorite game. Sudoku, is a very nice strategy game and one of the fastest growing games of the 21 century, simple but is considered to be a good brain stimulation and training. You can do a daily Sudoku game at DailySudoku.com

This is about Rubik’s Cube puzzle, a very challenging game, which can stimulate many parts of your brain that you usually don’t stimulate, including visual memory and spatial intelligence.

If you want to see other games that BrainMetrix has, you can see other games at BrainMetrix.com

Do you have any other good brain training games?

 

 

 

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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Mind Maps To Remember Lots of Information

Mind maps are a great tool to use when trying to organize your thoughts and to conceptualize your plans. There are many reasons why these mind maps help and you can learn about more in the Mind Mapping Benefits article. In this post, I’m going to show you exactly why mind mapping is useful for large chunks of information and why they help to make learning easier for you.

You already are aware that your brain is like a big web of information with various neuron connectors linking chunks of information together. Your brain already groups similar information in chunks together to make it easier for you to remember information and recall this info at a later date.

These connectors are the reason that you sometimes get an idea from something completely unrelated to the original idea. For example you could be stuck with trying to solve a business problem and decide to take a break and go for a walk, completely disconnecting yourself from this problem. While you are out on the walk you may see a flower or something and all of a sudden an idea comes to you on how you can solve your business problem.

The reason this happens is that is your brain is full of these ideas and concepts of information that you have once learned. These ideas are lying dormant in your brain until something triggers them to wake up and activate. Mind maps are a shortcut to activating this information.

Mind maps are a way that you can visually see the connections between different subjects. By using pictures in your mind maps, you are saving space on your paper which will save you time on reading the information again. They say pictures are worth 1,000 words and if you have 5 pictures drawn on your mind map, you’ll say more in less space while triggering another part of your brain that helps you remember better.

Often I find myself running out of space on pieces of paper when I’m taking notes the normal way of outlining. I will continue writing all over the page and often have a mess of information everywhere. This information is not in any way organized and makes remembering concepts more difficult for me personally.

With the normal style of notes, I’ll often have arrows pointing across the page trying to connect ideas. This makes for a mess.

With mind maps, you can have one central idea and have these different ideas branching off of it. It looks more visually appealing and helps me remember better. By organizing my thoughts this way, I am visualizing things the same way my brain does and it makes things easier for me to remember.

Do you use mind maps to remember large chunks of information?

 

 

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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What are the types of learning styles?

The different learning styles impact the way that you and I learn, as well as retain information. What works best for me might not work at all to help you learn or retain information. There are three learning styles that people learn and in this blog post i’m going to explain to you these types and how you can best use these to market more effectively.

You might have noticed throughout your grade school, high school and college career that you would learn great from one teacher but couldn’t learn anything from another teacher. There is a pattern behind this just like there are patterns to everything that you do in your life. Certain styles of teaching simply wouldn’t cut it for you and you would feel as if your time was wasted because you didn’t learn anything. Don’t worry, the same thing happened to me throughout school and I had to do things outside of the classroom to guarantee that I was learning in the best way that I learned.

Below you will see the different types of learning styles and how different people learn. This will help you sell more of your product and have happier customers because you’ll be providing more value to these people.

In this post you’re going to learn about:

  • Visual Learners

  • Auditory Learners

  • Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners

Visual Learners

Visual learners learn through seeing things being done. One of the best examples of teaching people through visuals is teaching someone how to juggle. People who learn this way need to see the teacher’s body language as well as facial expression to fully understand the content that is being taught in the lesson. These types of learners are the people who sit in the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions (ex people’s heads).

These people often think in pictures and learn the best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrations in text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flipcharts, and hand-outs. During a lecture, classroom discussion or webinar these people will prefer to take detailed notes while learning in order to truly absorb the information.

The best way for you to truly connect with these people is through video marketing. You can learn more about video marketing from the Video Boss himself, Andy Jenkins. He’s releasing 4 new content-loaded videos that are going to teach you how you can use video to make more money. Learn more about Video Boss by clicking here –> Video Boss Video #1: Even Bad Video Makes More Money Than No Video

Auditory Learners

Auditory learners are the next group of learners. These people are the individuals who learn through listening. These people learn the best through verbal lectures, discussions, talking through things and truly listening to what others have to say. Auditory learners take the time to interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed and various other nuances.

Auditory learners may not comprehend anything that they read until they actually have the opportunity to hear it. These learners will benefit from reading a text book out loud and using a tape recorder to record themselves and re-listen to the content.

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If you are trying to sell informational content, including an .mp3 or .wmv file with your course is going to benefit these learners. The reason for this is because they will be able to listen to it at their convenience, whether that’s in the car on their way to work or if they are sitting in their house listening to it during their lunch break.

If you currently aren’t including audio in your products and are focusing only on using video, it might be worth it to pay someone to extract the audio from the video so that you can also give your audience your message through this medium.

 

Tactile/ Kinesthetic Learners

The individuals who learn through the tactile or kinesthetic learning are those who learn through moving, doing and touching. These people learn the best through a hands-on approach to learning. They need to be actively exploring the physical world around them and participating in it.

These people may find it hard to sit still for long periods of time and may become so distracted by their need for activity and exploration that they will not even pay attention to the information that’s in front of them.

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If you are teaching a course and want to actually engage the tactile/kinesthetic person you will need to find a way to get your students actively involved in the project or learning. This may be difficult if you only have a digital download product because this type of individual will not have a physical product to hold in their hand and use. If you can find a way to include a physical product in your sales funnel and provide action steps that your students can take, this will improve the message and help your student to learn more effectively.

How You Can Use This Information

Take the time to actually think about products that you can include in your marketing funnel that would benefit people who learn in these different ways. Take the time to put yourself in your prospects shoes and project yourself into their ideal learning style. Are you providing your value through only one of these mediums or are you providing it through all three of these? The way to connect with more buyers and to sell more products is to address each one of these so that all of your customers end up ecstatic about the information that you are giving them.

If you only have a video product right now, you are in luck. You can take all of the information that is inside the video product and have the audio removed from the video, have someone transcribe the information that’s in the video into a written form and you can use this information to triple the amount of content that is inside of your product. When people see that you are including all of these learning forms, you will notice that the value appears to grow exponentially because you are providing so much more information.

If you have a written product, you can do the same thing by buying a video camera and video taping powerpoint presentations as well as adding audio to your course. Your customers will thank you when they see how much more value you are providing them.

What can you do today that will add value to your existing products? Leave comments below committing to improve your existing product(s) and then take action!

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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