Brilliant Brainloading™ BOOSTER #3: Increase Your Brainpower With Gum Chewing

Why It Works!  How It Helps You Brilliantly Brainload™ 

Chewing gum lowers your cortisol levels, the hormone responsible for stress. But chewing gum doesn’t just reduce stress, it also makes you more alert and improves your performance in memory-oriented tasks.

When you are experiencing a stressful situation, chewing gum helps distract your brain and reduce the likelihood that your body will go into the primal fight-or-flight mode (which results in poor decisions and an inability to focus).

You probably don't want to be chewing gum while talking to someone, but it's a great way to de-stress in preparation for a big presentation, challenging conversation, or test.  Just chew gum for a couple of minutes beforehand to get the most benefit.

Studies to Back Up Gum Chewing as a Brain BOOSTER

Here are some links to information about research studies that back up the claim that chewing gum is brain beneficial:  ™

Chewing Gum Alleviates Stress


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Brilliant Brainloading™ BOOSTER #2: Zeigarnik Effect

Uncategorized Mar 30, 2019

What It Means

Based on the results of a psychology study called the Zeigarnik Effect, a Soviet psychologist and psychiatrist, Bluma Zeigarnik, discovered that interruption during a task that requires focus can in fact improve, rather than heed, a person’s ability to remember it afterwards. For example, a task that has already been started such as a waiter taking orders in a restaurant establishes a task-specific tension, that then improves the brain’s ability to recall the relevant content in more detail. The tension is relieved upon completion of the task, i.e., when the waiter places the order. 

Why It Works – How it Helps You Brilliantly Brainload

You can use this brain quirk to your advantage. Through purposeful tension, you can make task completion (i.e., recalling information / performing skills) more accessible to your brain so it can be more easily remembered. When challenged, your brain purposefully tries to remember the...

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Brilliant Brainloading™ BOOSTER #1: Terms and Their Definitions

Uncategorized Mar 23, 2019

What To DO

Underline and/or highlight ONLY TERMS and their definitions using a specific coloured highlighter (e.g., yellow) for both online and/or paper-based documents.

How It Helps You Brilliantly Brainload™ 

I know the temptation is to mark up books / ebooks and resources with lots of underlining and highlighting for whatever you find interesting. It makes you feel good.  But your brain can’t efficiently process all of the mark-ups.

Research into the best brainloading techniques shows that highlighting or underlining a lot of content doesn’t do much good.  However, highlighting and/or underlining just the definitions and their terms really helps.  Your brain knows that one specific highlighted colour or underlining is for ONE purpose.  Terms and their definitions are critical building blocks to understanding.  Without them, your brain doesn’t know where to hang the information.

Later on when reviewing the content your brain...

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Gift Giving - A Special Learning Event!

gift of learning Jan 20, 2019

Have you ever considered the fact that using new gifts is a learning event!

The hours after gift opening are a very special learning time. Children dump out all the toy parts, games and puzzle pieces onto the floor. They hook up and start playing their computer games.

Other friends and family members can’t resist curling up into the corner of a couch to start reading the new book they’ve just received. Other more adventurous types start reading the instruction manuals for new gadgets.

The best gifts often involve learning new:

  • Rules for playing board or computer game
  • Songs when listening to audio recordings
  • Stories about people, places and events, both historical and fiction, when watching movies or reading books
  • Food preparation ideas while browsing through cookbooks or online recipes
  • Sports like skating, skiing, and snowboarding
  • Hobbies and crafts

Of course, you can also personally custom-design learning event ‘gifts’ for your family and friends by:

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The Most Important Learning Resource – Glossary of Terms and Acronyms!

When you are a new employee starting a new job, you might as well be moving to a foreign country with a different language.  Each organization has its own unique use of terms and acronyms.  Have you ever stopped to listen to two employees talking in the hallway after a meeting?  Would you, as a new employee understand what they are talking about?  Probably not!  Sometimes a lot of the conversation is based on terms and acronyms that only insiders would know about and be able to decipher.

Help yourself become acculturated to your new ‘foreign’ environment by accessing a copy of (or link to) your organization’s Glossary of Terms and Acronyms.

A well-designed Glossary of Terms and Acronyms is a critical document every new employee needs to have ready access to, especially during the first months of employment.  Of course, you may think that you can easily look up unknown terms on an internet-based dictionary, as needed. However, to...

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Exam Passing Skills and Strategies for Professional Designation Candidates

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For sure, you are going to access the resources and tools available from the certifying, licensing or accrediting organization that is offering your professional designation. But what if you could get extra insights into how exam-creators and expert exam-takers think?

Real people prepared the exam you are going to take. They have looked at the same content you are learning and decided what to turn into questions and what not to include on the exam. There are certain types of content that they focus on. Understanding their perspective will definitely help you be better prepared for the exam and greatly increase your marks on every multiple choice exam you take.

Expert exam-takers have learned a set of exam-taking skills and strategies to give them an exam-taking advantage. Here's an overview of the top five exam-taking skills:

Exam-Taking Skill 1: Testing Your Exam Readiness

There are two primary exam-readiness strategies you can use to ensure your exam...

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