Scientists believe that solving crossword puzzles promotes mental fitness and helps the body to cope with stress and fight illnesses. This mental activity increases the number of brain neuromodulators, preventing memory deterioration. But what about making crossword puzzles for the subject matter you study? Creating crossword puzzles helps to memorize the material by presenting it in both visual and verbal formats. Here is an example from the first-year course of Property. Do you remember rights and duties of cotenants? Specifically, what items are subject to accounting between cotenants? Here is a crossword puzzle that links those elements Download crossword_puzzle.doc (Word), Download Answers_RightsOfCotenants (Word)
You can use a crossword to connect related items that you need to remember together. It is a good way to brush up on the legal terminology, and it is a fun activity for a study group. Best of all, with a variety of free crossword puzzle making software available, it is really easy, just search for a “crossword maker.” All you need is to come up with the words and their clues, and the software will generate a crossword puzzle for you.
I have some real food for thought for you in my virtual kitchen. Foods rich in antioxidants, like pomegranates, grape juice, avocados, and blueberries help to protect the brain from free-radical damage. B vitamins found in lean meat, fish, legumes, dairy products, grains and green, leafy vegetables are important to brain function as they help to control inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, leafy greens, walnuts and flaxseed can help to improve communication between brain cells.
“Agassiz does recommend authors to eat fish, because the phosphorus in it makes brains... But I cannot help you to a decision about the amount you need to eat. Perhaps a couple of whales would be enough.”
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835-1910)