Every now and then, all of us come across some exam or the other. We put a lot of efforts by organizing notes, understanding concepts, making charts and tables, memorizing definitions and what not.
Yet, during exams we are unable to recall important stuffs, and mostly due to fear of loosing marks we tend to leave those questions unanswered, and hence end up performing poorly.
Especially in college, where most of us are left with very little time to prepare, and a hell lot to study, for our respective semester exams because of internships, projects, competitions or sometimes because of that all important episode of GAME OF THRONES!!!
So, to help you sail through these turbulent waves of forgetting things, Here are Top 3 Easy Memory Tricks every student must know to significantly boost their memory power
The Memory Palace Technique
Yes, the one used by Our super nerd Sherlock Holmes.
This is also called the Method of Loci. A ‘Memory Palace’ is a metaphor for any well-known place that you’re able to easily visualize.
It can be the inside of your home, or maybe the route you take every day to work. That familiar place will be your guide to store and recall any kind of information.
Memory Palace technique works with the use of visual associations. The process is simple: you take a known image — called the memory peg — and combine with the element you want to memorize. For us, each memory peg is a distinctive feature of our Memory Palace.
If you are wondering how to use this technique, refer to this website for demonstration.
The Multiple Revision Technique
If you are learning a new topic, don’t try to learn everything in one go. Go in 2-3 rounds.
In the first round, glance through the headings, words in bold, sidenotes, introduction, and summary. Underline what you think as important. This would help you get a basic idea and interest in the topic you are about to learn.
In the 2nd round, read the entire article in full. Create notes on the important concepts or ideas discussed.
In the 3rd round, revise the text again – focussing on your notes, headings of the chapter, summary, and any questions given at the end of the chapter.
The Image Technique
Chinese philosopher and reformer Confucius (551 BC to 479 BC), stated
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
We as humans have a very strong photogenic memory. i.e. our brain is able to retain over a longer period of time if we are able to visualize things. Images are the simplest and the most effective way to make sure that the information gets stored as a long-term memory.
Our short term memory processes words and can only retain about seven bits of information. Whereas, images are directly processed by our long-term memory, where they get indelibly etched.
Draw diagrams. Make charts, maps, and cartoons. Use them to connect facts and illustrate relationships.
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The Extra Mile Technique
Overlearn. Just don’t focus only on exams. Students often stop studying when they think they know the material well enough to pass the test. However, don’t just stop there.
Of course, you need to think from the exam perspective. But more importantly, you need to think from the memory-perspective!
Unless you have a mastery on a subject, there is every chance that you get confused about it in future, resulting in loss of the information from the memory.
If carefully managed, a new activity can boost memory and previous learning. For example, a debate between you and your classmate about the points discussed by your lecturer in the class. This will boost memory.
Once you finished learning, go beyond thinking about it. Do something with what you learned. This will improve memory.
The Man of Steel Technique
People who think history is boring tend to have difficulty remembering history.
People who believe math is difficult tend to have difficulty recalling mathematical formulas. Notice these attitudes in you and be aware of them. It might be blocking your memory power.
We remember what we find interesting. If you think a subject is boring, remember,
that everything is related to everything else. Look for connections.
The negative self-talk like “I never remember anything, I’ve always had a poor memory” will further diminish your memory power.
Adopt an attitude that says, “I never forget anything. All I have to do is find where I stored it.”
Most importantly, remember to congratulate yourself when you remember.
The Debating Technique
Debate provides experiences that are conducive to life-changing, cognitive, and presentational skills.
In addition, through debate debaters acquire unique educational benefits as they learn and polish skills far beyond what can be learnt in any other setting.
Take part in debates. Though most debates are formal discussions on a particular matter in a public, you can take part in private debates with your friends or colleagues as well.
Logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are elements in debating.
The degree of learning and retention from a debate is very high.
Try using these memory techniques and you’ll see that your cognitive abilities will increase 10X times.
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