Hello, today we want to talk about “study”!!
We are all students and we all want to succeed in our studies! In order to succeed in your studies, it’s essential to memorize certain things efficiently, and sometimes it can be difficult to remember so much information. However, by regularly working on your memory, you can improve your memorization skills, and memorizing can become easier for you.
Find out which memory is best for you
Before working on your memory, you can try to identify what’s your type of memory: it can be visual, auditory, verbal, or a combination of them.
It's up to you to determine which memory fits you the best, and to start working on it. But do not lock yourself in a "box", and try to combine several different exercise.
For visual memory, the best known practice for memorizing is to make cards. Making cards allows you to summarize the essence of a lesson or an exercise, with color codes. Go for a simple and clear presentation, by removing any excess from the lesson. Do not hesitate to incorporate diagrams, tables and many visual elements if it can help you ! The brain will take "photos" of these cards, and you will memorize important information better.
For written memory, do and redo the exercices again and again. Write several times the lesson (or cards if the lesson is long) and the most important parts and words of your lesson.
For verbal and auditory memory, record the lesson and listen to it at home. You can also read your cards or your lesson aloud, see you record it and listen to it again. hearing the lesson and important words will help you to memorize it
Here are some general tips to boost your memory
Tip #1: Healthy lifestyle
To have a healthy lifestyle is important to remember your lessons.Most of young students don’t sleep enough, and it has negative consequences on their performances.
Healthy food will help you to improve your body condition, and therefore its memory capacity.
Don’t forget that your brain needs to rest sometime, to be fully effective. Also remember to always have a bottle of water with you wherever you are, hydration is essential for the body and memory.
Tip #2: Speak Out Loud Instead of Simply Reading
Although this may make you look a little crazy, give it a go! You will be surprised how much more you can remember when you’ve said it out loud. Warning: Don’t try this in a crowded library!
Tip #3: Sports Activity
Even if you think that doing sport is a delay in your revisions, to be physically active on a regular basis will help you to feel better, to stay in shape, and you'll be more focus when you have to learn your lessons afterwards. Simply walking 40 minutes a day brings many benefits to your whole body!
Tip #4: Identify the best time for memorizing
For everybody there is a time in the day, when you can be more productive. Some people work better when they wake up, others at night. Find these productivity hours, and stick to them. Do not try to make sleepless nights if you are more productive in the morning. You will learn badly, and you will have already forgotten half of what you memorized the next day.
Tip #5: Idea association
For people who have difficulty with memorizing, try to use mnemonic media or associations of images. By deepening the association of image, you can develop the technique of the ‘mental palace’: to be able to create in your mind a place, a room, where each corner contains an idea / an information. It's a very difficult technique, but once you have mastered it, memorization becomes much more easier.
Tip #6: Lesson organization and titles
Force yourself to memorize the organization of your lesson, and its titles. It is often a summary of the lesson, and it allows you to follow the teacher's logic. Practice reciting it from memory, without looking at it. Memory is a muscle that needs to be worked on regularly.
Tip #6: Reward Yourself with Treats
There are many ways to integrate a reward system into your habits so you learn how to study for exams more efficiently. Here’s a simple way to motivate yourself to study with Gummy Bears:
In conclusion, there is no magic formula to have a good memory.
Strengthening your brain is an exercise that requires time, but also rigour.
Among these tips, apply the ones corresponding to your memory, and make your own combinations. It is by analyzing what works for you and putting it into practice that you will improve your memory.
Finally, remember to take regular breaks. It is just as important as the work itself.
To go further, you can use a great application that helps to memorize your lessons, it's called Pandanote ! You can download it, it's a free software that allows you to automatically record your lessons, and which tests your knowledge by filing in the blank question exercises. Also, Many students use Pandanote's blog for general tips for students!