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Yes, you can improve your memory. Here's how.

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You can improve your memory

Think back to grade school. Do you remember those standardized tests where you were given lists of meaningless words to memorize? Then, after taking a challenging math or reading section, you had to write down as many words from that list as you could remember? If you were terrible at this, don’t fret. Just as you can train yourself to ace the SATs, there’s a trick to becoming a master memorizer of random words. And according to some research, memorization has little to do with innate ability

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