Word of the Week Publised on January 16, 2017 16:47 by
Latin and Greek for English Vocabulary
A Word a Minute – Once Per Week!
A Dean Vaughn Total Retention System™
duc- sounds like or suggests duck
Imagine a duck leading a band!
The duck leading the band will help you remember that duc- means: lead
conduct, abduct, adduct, circumduct, conduce, induct
Give us just one minute per week to build you a powerful vocabulary!
How to Learn and Remember the Planets of the Solar System with the Vaughn Cube™ Publised on November 22, 2016 17:18 by
IMPORTANT: It is necessary that you watch the free four-minute video that teaches the Vaughn Cube before continuing. Here is the link to the free video:
Let’s say that you want to learn the eight planets in our solar system in their numerical sequence from the sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Pluto, which was once considered a planet, is now considered a dwarf planet.
Nearly all of us remember incredibly more of what we see than of what we hear or read.
The first step in my learning system is to change any information you want to remember into something you can see. I call this technique an audionym. “Audio” means sound. “Nym” means name. An audionym is a sound name – a sound-alike word that is an object you can see.
The audionym does not need to sound exactly like the word you want to remember but just close enough that your natural memory and common sense will remind you of the word.
Here are the audionyms I use for the eight planets of our solar system. Look at this list until you know the audionym for each planet and the planet for each audionym.
After you can look at each audionym randomly and know the planet it represents, see “The Vaughn Cube"™ below.
|Venus||“V” neck (sweater)|
The Vaughn Cube™
Here is how to remember each planet’s numerical sequence from the sun:
First, picture one of your very familiar rooms. Imagine yourself standing in the center of your room facing the front wall (location number four).
To remember that the first planet from the sun is Mercury, look at location “1” (the back-left corner) and see a gigantic mercury thermometer.
To remember that the second planet from the sun is Venus, look at location “2” (the left wall) and see a gigantic “V”-neck (sweater) covering the entire wall!
To remember that the third planet from the sun is Earth, look at location “3” (the front- left corner) and see a gigantic ear!
To remember that the fourth planet from the sun is Mars, look at location “4” (the front wall) and see a gigantic marshmallow bursting out of the wall!
To remember that the fifth planet from the sun is Jupiter, look at location “5” (the front- right corner) and see a gigantic glass of juice!
To remember that the sixth planet from the sun is Saturn, look at location “6” (the right wall) and see a satellite bursting through the wall!
To remember that the seventh planet from the sun is Uranus, look at location “7” (the back-left corner) and see a gigantic urn!
To remember that the eighth planet from the sun is Neptune, look at location “8” (the back wall) and see a huge napkin!
To recall each planet’s numerical sequence from the sun, just look at each numbered location in your room and see the audionym that was placed there.
Test yourself to see how clearly you saw each audionym in its respective numbered location in your room and if you can convert each audionym to the name of the planet it represents. The numbered room location automatically gives you the sequence from the sun.
Number a page, as follows, and fill in the blanks.
|(Sequence from The sun)|
Thanks for participating! Teach the children!
Deck the halls with yams and green beans: 10 holiday foods that are good for memory Publised on December 09, 2015 16:07 by
Many Italian-Americans have a Christmas Eve tradition called "The feast of the seven fishes." Recipes vary, but usually it includes some combination of sea creatures like: Baccalà (salted cod fish), anchovies, whiting, lobster, sardines, smelts, eels, squid, octopus, shrimp, mussels and clams... sometimes these are mixed up in a bucket. Okay maybe that's just at my mother-in-law's house.
And why do they eat this meal? Clearly because they want to remember their holidays and boost their memory! (Warning: this is not the official reason for the feast of the seven fishes)
It turns out that there are many holiday favorites that allow you to retain your special memories all year round.
Several kinds of fish and shellfish (like those found in the seven fish feast) are high in essential fatty acids (EFAs) which because of a level of omega-3 fats are good for healthy brain function. Oily fish contain EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3 fats that are essential structurally for your brain. Since your body cannot produce omega-3 on its own, you must get these components from your daily diet. DHA-rich fish include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers. Studies also show that those with low DHA levels have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's and incurring memory loss.
2. Pass the Kale
Dark leafy greens and other vegetables like broccoli are particularly good for memory. They contain Vitamin K which has been shown to slow cognitive decline. In addition, Vitamin K has restorative properties on the brain, specifically on the orbito-frontal cortex.
3. Crack those nuts
It’s no longer just the ballet you have to sit through because your niece is a sugar plum fairy for 5 minutes of an excruciating 2 hour performance. Nut cracking is good for your memory. The American Journal of Epidemiology recently published a study that shows how vitamin E can help with memory and nuts are chock full of vitamin E.
4. Go for the hot cocoa
Whipped cream optional, but dark chocolate is what you are looking for and the darker the better (70% at least). Chocolate contains flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain. Mmm yummy blood flow.
5. Gobble them gobblers
Turkey is not only delicious, it contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that has been shown to reduces anxiety. Okay that doesn’t directly affect memory, but being stressed negatively impacts brain health. So eat up and calm down.
6. Roasted pumpkin seeds
Zinc is important for your memory and cognitive skills and pumpkin seeds will give you all the zinc you need. What would we do without zinc?
7. Berry pie? Thanks berry much!
Blackberries, Blueberries, and Cherries (jubilee) contain anthocyanins and other flavonoids that have been linked to improved memory function. So have another slice.
With or without the marshmallow topping, yams provide various nutritional components. Yams also have Omega-3 fatty acids which reduces brain aging and helps with verbal memory, visuospatial memory, abstract reasoning, attention and executive functioning.
Are a “superfood” filled with antioxidants which protect against free radicals that negatively impact brain health. Cranberries, according to some research, can also reduce the chances of a stroke and are delicious with stuffing.
10. Green beans
Who wants casserole? Well, have a slab, because green beans have that Vitamin K to protect your brain cells and are rich in other vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micronutrients like dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and ß-carotene.
So eat hearty, toast your friends and family for a happy and healthy holiday - but take it easy on the sweets, while a little sugar can boost your memory, too much can lead to impairment and the need to make gym-related New Year’s resolutions.
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Jar your memory, and keep it bottled up: tips to improve your studying Publised on December 09, 2015 15:57 by
Unbearably late at night, face planted in a text book... slightly snoring. That was me... It was also me - on the bus to school - hoping the ride wouldn’t be too bumpy because I was still in the process of making flash cards. I hoped that cramming concepts late at night and at the last mobile minute might give me an immediacy that would allow me to regurgitate concepts freshly from memory. Yeah sure... that’s why I procrastinated... But is there something to that theory? Should procrastinators rejoice?
It turns out that there is a great deal of research to show that studying just before you crash helps you retain knowledge. See I was right all along! But make sure you do GET sleep and lots of it because the other side of the coin is that lack of sleep is a terrible culprit when it comes to memory loss. REM sleep is said to be conducive to retaining memory and lack of REM will shred your recollections.
Memory and is a tricky beast and unreliable at best but there are tried and true ways to stimulate your memory in order to make sure you retain the concepts you need.
Do not distract
The writer Ray Bradbury was said to have a writing shed wherein he would deposit all manner of odd yard sale objects. I like to imagine it was like a prop closet for The Twilight Zone. When he was stuck for material, he would just zone out at his typewriter until his attention landed on one of his totems and then the words would start flowing. That’s nice for a sci-fi novelist. But if you want to remember what you are studying, it’s important not to have distractions.
Stay on task too. Multi-tasking may seem efficient but it is not and might even be harmful. So if you are trying to study, don’t be Ray Bradbury.
One way to promote this behavior is to have a dedicated schedule beforehand and stick to it.
There are several apps that can help you...
Is the perfect app to keep you on target, allowing you to set timers to complete tasks. When the timer is done... then you can go on Facebook.
Is universally praised as an excellent productivity app. It lets you keep all your notes, thoughts, and assignments in one place even when switching devices. It also helps you with presentations.
And how many times have you set to a task only to be distracted by Facebook or a text message (or an email update). Turn off your email notifications, turn off your phone and if you don’t need to use the internet at all for your studying Freedom will keep you honest. You enter the time you want to work and it won’t let you on the internet at all. The only way to fool it is to turn your computer completely off and back on. Similar apps have further flexibility if you just want to block out time sucks... like Facebooking exes all night long.
What does it mean to you?
And the best way to retain information is to create ways of making the material meaningful to you from another perspective. Can the numbers you need to know be related to dates or other parts of your life?
Use mnemonic devices that will assist your memory, like putting something to music, creating a name out of the first letters (like the ubiquitous ROY G BIV to stand for the colors of the rainbow) or inventing a phrase that uses the first letters of the words you are trying to remember in order (i.e. My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas for the order of the planets in the solar system). There’s even a site that helps you create your own ridiculous sentence.
Other "study hacks" include ideas like taking a walk, speaking what you are learning out loud, or listening to specific music but the best way to remember what you’ve learned is to avoid distraction and sleep on it.
Need more memory help? Got to www.deanvaughn.com for memory retention products for all ages – from third graders learning multiplication, to high school students or professionals learning medical terminology, we’ve got a memory retention solution for everyone on your list! Use code HOLIDAY to save 20% on any product.
Three Tips to Boost Your Memory Publised on November 16, 2015 13:28 by
Whether you are a student or you have already received your degree and are working in your career, it is crucial for your success in life to be able to take in and retain information. Memory isn't just a portion of your brain that stores information, it is a muscle that needs to be flexed, and a skill that needs to be honed. Just like the muscles in our body become more skilled in a specific physical activity as we practice athletic skill and our muscles gain strength, our minds need to be exercised and strengthened in order to develop our ability to retain and access information.
The challenge we face in today's technological society is that we often don't exercise our brain's ability to memorize. Instead our memories are stored on our smartphones or our computers, information is more often gathered from search engines than by our own personal recollections. This means that many of us exercise our memorization skills less often than in previous generations, and that if we are to develop a good memory, we need to actively practice. Here are some tips on developing good memorization skills.
- Discover your learning style: Your learning style is tied to your senses and each of us has a dominant learning style. Are you a more visual learner? If so, flashcards may help you. If your learning style is more auditory, however, flashcards may just complicate the situation. You may instead find that you memorize information better if you speak it as you memorize, or if you listen to the information. Tactile learners may find that they retain more information if they memorize it while they pace or perform some other activity. They also may learn and retain information better by doing - participating in something rather than just reading about it.
- Use short bursts, not long cramming sessions: Your focus is best for the first 15 minutes or so that you do a thing. After 15 minutes, your ability to retain information decreases and requires more effort. If you are reading material that you need to recall later, do so in 15-minute increments, and then give yourself a break. This method will allow you to memorize things more quickly, and with less work on your part.
- Read over your material right before sleep: You've heard the situation before, when someone needs to process information and make an important decision, they are asked to "sleep on it." This is not just a meaningless phrase. Often a situation becomes clearer or a new idea arises as you wake up. Especially if you were pondering the subject just before you went to sleep. As you sleep, your subconscious processes and sorts through the events of your day. If you read over material that you need to retain, then your subconscious often will aid in the process of memorization, and you will wake up the next day a little more familiar with the material.
It is important to remember that memorization is not doing battle with your brain, forcing it to take in a retain information. Find your learning style, don't push yourself into long memorization sessions, and let your subconscious work for you. Work with your brain, not against it.
Medical Terminology and Your Career Publised on November 16, 2015 13:19 by
Having weathered through the recent recession, many of us have learned firsthand the importance of stable employment. Many people lost their jobs during the recession and, for most, it took them a very long time to become employed again. Once they finally found jobs, many settled for jobs that paid less than what they used to make before the recession. In fact, the job market has not been truly stable since 2001. Those leaving college and entering the workforce have grown up in the environment of economic instability. This means that for many of us, job security has been an important topic. We look for jobs in stable industries and acquire skills that are broadly marketable.
Careers in the medical field are some of the most recession proof. Medical services are always needed, regardless of the state of the economy. Careers in the medical field, or in related industries like health insurance, life insurance, worker's compensation, and disability benefit administration are in high demand. Taking some time to learn medical terminology can open up opportunities to use your current skills in the medical industry. This industry will continue to grow, regardless of economic changes, because people will always need its services.
Gaining an understanding of medical terminology could help you enter the medical field, even if you do not wish to become a healthcare professional. For those who have been in the workforce and have experience and degrees might find that similar jobs in the medical field are available once they have taken some medical terminology coursework.
For example, a few quick searches on payscale.com show that the average salary for a disability case manager is around $48,000 per year and a healthcare administrator makes, on average, around $64,800 per year. These positions require similar skills that could have been required in different industries - skills such as project management, budgeting, operations management, customer service, and mathematical proficiency. Someone with a degree and a history of using these skills, and who was willing to take some coursework in medical terminology, could easily translate their prior skills for direct application in a position in the healthcare, insurance or medical industry.
Programs like the Dean Vaughn Total Retention System can assist in quickly getting up to speed on medical terminology. This particular system combines online and textbook coursework that allows you to learn and retain the material in a very short period of time and provides a test at the end that demonstrates and proves your knowledge.
Learning and understanding medical terminology is a very easy way to open a lot of doors for future opportunities. These doors open on an industry which will always been in demand and which has been growing steadily for years, regardless of current economic conditions.
What makes the DV program unique to other memory programs? Publised on November 05, 2015 10:11 by
A good memory isn't necessarily a genetic predisposition, and in fact, anyone can train their memory to help optimize learning and remembering facts. Whether it be for your professional, personal, or academic career, the Dean Vaughn Total Retention System is designed to help you become more successful. By helping students learn by association through learning techniques like associating words that sound alike, visualizations, and illogical connections, this memory program provides the means for you to improve your memory.
Developed with the intention of enhancing the brain's natural ability to learn, the Dean Vaughn system recognizes that in the fast-paced technological world that we live in, if you aren't using your own mind to the best of its abilities, you are going to lose it. Optimal retention happens when learning doesn't just involve repetition and regurgitation. When you are able to gain a true understanding of the content, no matter what it is, you will be able to remember what you learned for a lifetime.
Each of the subjects that you can focus your learning on with the system are specifically designed to ensure you remember what you want to learn. What makes is so unique is that the program is more than just a memory system, it is a learning system that can help you excel in subjects such as medical terminology, the periodic table, foreign languages, the SAT and ACT vocabulary sections, mathematics, and geography. Students and business professionals can harness the power of the Dean Vaughn System to change the way they learn complex and simple subjects alike.
Students of the program learn by association, meaning you aren't just being taught that one thing goes with another; rather, you allow your brain to make real connections and associations with material, which greatly improves retention and understanding. Children and adults alike naturally learn by association, so it really makes sense in learning theory to help them remember monotonous facts with things that they can remember easily.
Learn more about the Dean Vaughn system by checking out the numerous books and interactive videos available on deanvaughn.com.
Simple Tricks for Remembering People's Names Publised on November 05, 2015 10:10 by
Remembering people's names can be a lot harder to do than you think, especially if you are starting a new job, for example, and meeting a large number of people in a short amount of time. In order to improve your memory, keep these tips in mind and never forget a name again.
Make a Conscious Decision to Remember Names
When you make a conscious decision and a commitment to remember a person's name before being introduced to them, this can help your memory tenfold. Tell yourself that you can remember people's names each and every time the opportunity presents itself. Be mindful of your commitment to create a good memory.
When you are first introduced to someone, examine their face for memorable features. Do they have a unique smile? What color of eyes do they have? Does any particular feature remind you of somebody that you know? Get a clear detailed impression of the person.
Associate the things you remember about that person's face with their name in your mind so that you establish a link between the name and the face. Doing this will help you remember those you meet with ease.
After you are introduced to someone, ask them to repeat their name to you again, especially if you were unsure how they pronounced it or aren't sure what they said. Don't just stand there and nod your head if you are unsure of their name at first introduction.
Also, repeat their name to yourself a couple of times. You don't have to do this audibly, but it can help to ensure you remember the name if you say it out loud. Also, use their name naturally in conversation a few times, but don't overdo it.
Ask for the Spelling
If you feel embarrassed to ask them to repeat their name, try asking them to spell it for you. Especially if the name can have many different spellings, knowing how to spell their name will help you remember it in the long run.
Write it Down
After you meet someone, write their name down on a sticky note or notebook. Even if you don't go back and look at the name again, studies have shown that you are more likely to remember things when you write them down. Just like taking handwritten notes as opposed to taking notes on a computer, your brain will be more effective in learning and memory.
If all else fails and you still can't remember someone's name, speak up, and ask them. It may be embarrassing, but asking them what their name is, even if you have to do it multiple times, will be a lot less embarrassing than calling them by a different name.
By following these simple steps, you can improve your name recall memory quickly and easily. If you want more memory improvement, the Dean Vaughn Memory System is remarkable in its ability to quickly memorize and remember information, and can also improve your name recall memory.
What is an audionym? Publised on October 29, 2015 14:04 by
Ah, the audionym. That unique combination of sound and visual cues that’s at the heart of the Dean Vaughn memory retention system. The more illogical the visual cues, the better (which is what Dean Vaughn content is known for, and why it’s so effective!). Take the popular gas truck audionym, used to remember that gastro means “stomach”. Picture a gas truck with a stomach for a tank, and you’ll never again forget what “gastro” means!
Improving Brain Health and Memory with These Common Foods and Supplements Publised on October 20, 2015 06:23 by
written by Dean Vaughn Staff Writer
No matter your age, a strong memory is highly important for living a successful and prosperous life. Being able to recall things with little to no effort will help you throughout your life, both educationally and professionally. One of the best things you can do to help your brain operate at its peak is to eat healthy memory-boosting foods and supplements. Eating foods and supplements like the ones listed below may help sharpen your memory, also putting you on the track toward optimal health.
Foods Rich in Vitamin E
There is growing evidence to suggest that a vitamin E supplement and foods that naturally have vitamin E in them will help the mind and memory of older individuals. Vegetable oil-based salad dressings, sunflower seeds, nuts, peanut butter, dark colored fruits, like blueberries and avocados, spinach, and whole grains will all contain a good amount of vitamin E, which may help protect neurons or nerve cells in your brain, according to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association. However, getting an unsafe amount of vitamin E can have negative effects on your overall health, so be sure to speak with your doctor.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
There are bad fats and there are good fats. Omega-3 is a good fat. Foods that contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, especially those including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have been shown to aid neurons in your brain in functioning properly. Salmon, tuna, halibut, oysters, and trout all have high amounts of omega-3s, so be sure to integrate these foods into your diet at least a couple of times a week. Plus, more fish means less red meats, which is great for those trying to lower cholesterol, lose weight, or just generally trying to live a healthier life.
Dark Green Vegetables
Foods like kale, spinach, and broccoli are not only high in vitamin E, but they also contain many antioxidants and folate. Folate may help lower amino acid levels. In a study done by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, folate-rich foods have been shown to improve memory by decreasing inflammation and aiding in healthy blood flow, by helping your body break down an amino acid called homocysteine, which may trigger the death of nerve cells as well as increase the risk for heart disease.
Caffeine, B12, and other Supplements
Having as much caffeine in two cups of coffee has been shown to increase brain activity in regions of the brain that is involved with memory. Not getting enough B12 in your diet has been shown to be linked to memory loss in some way, but there is still much research to be done. It is important to not have a B12 deficiency, however, there is also no evidence suggesting that high levels of B12 can greatly improve memory function either.
Other supplements to aid in improving your memory include ginkgo biloba, acetyl-l carnitine (ALC), and phosphatidyl serine. Each of these have been studied and have been shown to bring positive effects on memory function, brain development, and concentration.
Ok, so this isn’t a food or supplement, but it is important to mention nonetheless. Getting the right amount of exercise everyday can often be more beneficial than only eating properly. Regular exercise helps decrease stress, ward off diseases like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, obesity, and a slew of other life-threatening diseases. By combining the foods and supplements above as well as exercising regularly, your brain and body will be able to function at its best, no matter your age or gender.
Keep in mind, these foods and supplements won’t instantly give you a perfect memory, but they will aid in helping your brain develop as well as keeping your whole body healthy. There truly is no fix-all approach to ensuring you have a healthy brain, but eating healthy and taking the proper supplements can certainly help.