A good memory is a very powerful asset to have. Knowingly or unknowingly, it will help you in every sphere of life. A good memory will help you in your studies, at work, in your everyday life, and even in your social life.
However, not everyone has the natural ability to remember well. Fortunately, there are a number of steps to better both, the short term memory and long term memory. You can increase your ability to remember by exercising your memory, consuming a nutritious diet, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Brain exercises to meliorate short term memory are based on novelty and sensory stimulation. The idea is to challenge yourself so you may use brain pathways you haven't used before, ever.
You don't need a specific 'exercise', for brushing your teeth. Even doing it with your recessive hand will suffice. This will utilize the lesser used connections on the recessive side of your brain.
Alternately, you can try 'neurobic' exercises, which involve doing tasks differently, such as dressing with your eyes shut. Learning anything new is good for your brain, even something as simple as a game of cards or a new recipe.
If this be the case, it is better for you to record information that you are trying to learn and listen to it. It is important for you to understand what your learning style is, and use that method to acquire information.
If the material is complicated, make notes about it and organize the notes into categories later. While making notes, include pictures along with words.
While learning anything new, try to relate it to information you already know about the subject. Memorizing becomes easier by drawing connections between new and existing information. Even if the subject is entirely new, it is almost always possible to relate it to something you already know.
Another way of improving short term memory is through mnemonic devices, which are little tricks used to remember information, that usually involves association of the material to an image, a sentence, or a word.
Another surprising fact is that having a positive attitude, and telling yourself that you can learn and remember a piece of information will actually help you remember it.