Four tips to improve memory and studying habits.
As students get closer to final season,
it becomes important that all the information learned in hours spent doing homework,
and 8:30am lectures,
it is retrievable on exam day.
But the problem is,
most of us have difficulty storing and retrieving
the information from our long term memory.
So how do you solve this problem?
How can you improve your studying habits?
Well, here are some tips to strengthen your memory and improve your studying habits.
One: after reading a paragraph,
summarize the information you receive from it and ask a question.
Reading about a topic you may know nothing about is difficult.
So in order to retain the information,
after reading a paragraph,
repeat it out loud,
or write a summary of the information you received.
This will let you know if what you read
was processed in your head.
To take it step further,
a useful tip would be to ask a question about the paragraph.
Ask a question will help you really dig into the topic,
and become interested in what you are learning.
If you enjoy what you are learning, it will become easier to remember it.
Two: make associations with new information and with what you already know.
The more connections you make with information,
the better you will remember it.
So while studying, try making mental connections.
Also, mnemonics has been proven to help you restore and retrieve information.
Three: chunk and organize the information.
The reason why we are able to remember phone numbers is because
it’s divided into three digits by dashes.
If you look at the information you are studying the same way,
you will be able to remember it too.
Take your readings and notes, and divide them into chunks,
or small amounts of information and memorize it.
Organization goes along with chunking information.
Our minds like organized information,
that’s why outlines are typically recommended for writing and studying.
Organize information into groups or sub topics,
Your mind will most likely remember the information if it’s placed in organized pattern.
And lastly, but definitely not least,
seriously, this is the most important one.
Four: don’t study last minute.
To cram studying the night before test is not the best idea.
I offer this advice from personal experience.
You need to spend some time with the material and test yourself on the knowledge.
You can not expect to remember heaps of information the night before the exam.
This goes along with chunking,
and regards that information is better retained in smaller groups.
So you should spend a few days before the exam
setting the groups of information.
Bottom line, you should follow the above steps a few days before your exam.
How do you study for an exam?
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