Okay here’s the truth. Studying a new course or gaining more knowledge of an existing one is easier said than done not only for students, but for all. The memory is an important part of the brain and there are a number of tried and tested techniques for improving it. These techniques have been established within various fields with emphasis laid on cognitive psychology and literature, all aimed at improving the way we recall and preserve information. Here are ten (10) tips to help your memory improve.
#1. Pay Attention To The Materials You Are Studying:
You have to pay attention to all the materials you’re studying. Being attentive is a fundamental requirement as you need information to move from short-term memory to long-term memory. Also try to study in a place where there are less or no distractions and actively attend to the information you’ve obtained.
#2. Don’t Cram. Form Regular Study Sessions:
Statistics have proven that it’s best to study materials over a number of sessions as this gives you the time you need to effectively process the information. Further, research has also proven that students who study materials over these study sessions are far better than those who cram. So form regular study sessions and work the memory.
#3. Be Organized:
Various researchers have established that information is easily processed when materials are organized and structured. For instance, you might want to try grouping similar concepts and terms together or make a brief outline of your notes and course book readings.
#4. Read Over The Information You’re Studying:
Elaborate and rehearse the information before you. For you to understand and recall the information, it has to be in the long-term memory. Interestingly, one of the most effective techniques for this strategy is the elaborative rehearsal. This technique signifies studying the definition of terms and then reading more detailed information of what these terms mean. Thus after a few repetition of this process, you’ll recall the information better than before.
#5. Help Another Person Learn:
Psychologists and educationists have discovered that having students teaching new concepts to other students improves their sense of understanding and they tend to recall faster. I’ve used this approach so many times and it works well by teaching various concepts to a friend or study partner.
#6. Relate Fresh Information To Things You Already Know:
Establish relationships between new ideas and previously existing memories so you can dramatically increase the likelihood of recalling information that you’ve learned recently. Take some time to think about how this new information relates to the things you already know and make the best use of them.
Finally, good revision should give you confidence to be able to deliver as expected. The bottom line is that you need to study, sleep well on the eve of the test or exam, eat a nutritious meal, pray and believe that your efforts will eventually pay off. Good luck in your test and exam!