No it's not ginkgo or some weird mnemonic device… it's taking a break!
A bunch of psychologists did a study where they asked a group of older men and women to recall as much detail as they could from two stories they were told.
After one story, the group was told to take a 10 minute break to close their eyes in a dark room while after the other story they had to perform a tough task of finding differences between almost identical images.
The group overall remembered more details from the story they heard before resting.
The effect lasted even a week after the story was told.
Resting between sets of learning new information really allows it to move from short term to long term without getting pushed out into nothingness by new info.
The researchers said:
"In this day and age of information overload there are few opportunities to sit back and rest."
Ain't that the truth!
So even though things are very fast paced these days, if you really really need to remember something, take a break.
Close your eyes and just relax some info into your brain.
Sounds less stressful than staring at information for hours until you think you know it just to forget it later! LOLz!