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Memory Tricks and Tips for Pharmacy Technicians:


Many states are making certification mandatory for pharmacy technicians across the United States..   So are YOU ready to pass the PTCB or ExCPT exam? 


Memorizing drug brand or generic names and classifications is tough work. Here are a few tricks to keep your memory in top shape!

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1.      Exercise your brain daily.

Find a fun hobby to flex your mental muscle.  I love Sudoku puzzles! You may want to try doing daily crossword puzzles or learn how to play chess.  The more you use your brain, the stronger it will get. 

2.      Exercise your body.

Your job as a Pharmacy Technician may not require any heavy lifting, but regular aerobic exercise is a must.  Exercising increases oxygen to your brain, which simulates cell regrowth. 

3.      Relax.

Between your Pharmacy Technician training course, your other school schedule, your job, and your personal life, your stress level may be through the roof.  Take time everyday to relax and do something you enjoy.  Stress is your brain’s worst enemy and will cause your memory to suffer.

Want to boost your brain memory even further?  Try these memory enhancing foods!

  • Chow down on Omega3’s!

                o   Fish

                o   Walnuts

                o   Soybeans

  • Limit foods with high saturated fat (including red meat & whole milk)

                o   Research shows that high saturated fat intake can impair your concentration and memory (

  • Eat your fruits and vegetables

                o   Colorful fruits and veggies are packed full of antioxidants, which are great for you and your brain!

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 What are you doing to prepare for your Pharmacy Technician certification exam?  What are your most effective test prep tips? 


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