The dreaded time of exams brings the dreaded exam- fear of not remembering anything during the exam time. As ironic as it may sound, but this does happen to students often. And it happens not because you haven’t studied but because you haven’t imprinted the material correctly on your mind. Hence, it has vanished from your mind at the first opportunity of an exit.
So, does one work on their memory skills? How do you optimally use your memory to store the correct information and even trace it back when required during the exams?
As cliched as they sound, here are a few age-old but effective techniques to sharpen your memory :
Flash cards vs note making
Here’s a smarter way to take advantage of your notes. Turn them into flash cards and play around with your friends as memory games. This way you will keep feeding concise yet important information to your mind. You can write definitions or solutions or much more at the back of your flash cards as answers. This way both the participants playing in the game learn simultaneously.
Yes, you read it right. Music is a powerful tool to sharpen your memory. The right kind of music will help you memorize the study material better, as it has the dual effect of calming your senses down while making you listen what you actually like to. Plus, the tune of your favorite music will also help you memorize the syllabus in a poetic way. What better than that? Lyrics replaced by study.
Recite loudly, instead of plainly reading the study material in your mind. If you haven’t tried this yet, do it now. Our mind can retain 50% more of what we read out loudly than what is just quietly read in the mind. Just don’t try this in a library, but definitely at your home.
Drawing diagrams, making your own visual associations or a word map will help cement the concepts in your memory. Visual memory is impactful and can be recalled whenever necessary. Similarly, watching a documentary based on the concepts or a film catering to it, also helps in a faster and a better learning.
Lately, there is no better way to ensure highest self-learning, unless you can teach the same thing to somebody else and make them understand with equal ease. Teach what you have learned to a friend and in the process you all learn even better with all the opposite questions being thrown at you.
At Manoj Chaudhari’s Math’s Academy, we ensure students keep their focus on studies and on memorizing formulae’s and concepts that are important the most. The unique techniques devised over years of experience makes students learn with sheer interest and fun.
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