Exam Strategies: Tips to Remember Better

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If your exam is round the corner and you are not able to remember what you have studied, then this post is for you. This post is also for you if you have no exams but you generally find it difficult to retain information.

Firstly, ensure that you have a study schedule in place. One of the ways to do this is to go to the date of the exam and then make a backward plan of how many days you are left with and what is the portion that you need to study. Organise your schedule/ timetable accordingly. Here are few psychologically proven strategies that will help you remember better.

1) Get excited about learning:  If you take learning as something that you are dreading, it will be difficult to remember anything. Instead, if you get excited and interested, you will remember better. If you are in a good mood, you will remember better as well. So, do things that make you happy. For example, have a favourite beverage in a cute cup, or listen to a peppy song before you start to study.

2) Rely on visual memory: Memory is predominantly visual. So, try associating an image to everything that you need to memorise. Drawing it out in your mind would help too. Make diagrams, flow charts or just doodle in a way that makes sense to you and helps you to visualise the information.

3) Rely on Mnemonics: Turn the information in to a song, rhyme, acronym, image, phrase, or sentence. For example, try making a silly song about the historical facts and dates that you have to remember.

4) Break the information in to smaller bits: When we try remembering a phone number, we chunk them in to parts. Similarly, if you break the information in to boxes or groups of smaller information, you will remember better. One way is to make an information tree where the main branches spread out to smaller branches or leaves. You can assign a label (representing information) to each. This will help you organise the information in your mind.

5) Associate the new information with what you already know. Associating old with the new is a good way to remember. The more mental connections you have to a piece of information, the more successful you will be in remembering it.

6) Write it down: Write out the items to be memorised over and over again. Repetition is the key to remembering. Write on flashcards cards, note pads or on fancy paper.

7) Explain to someone else: The act of explaining to someone else helps us to remember better.

8) Summarise the information: Summarisation requires you to think about the information in a more engaged way. So, you can write a brief summary of a topic studied, either in the margins or in a separate notebook. That notebook can then become your reference point before the exam (instead of you having to study your entire notes again).

9) Be physically healthy: Stay hydrated, eat healthy and get adequate sleep. All these will enable you to retain information better

10) Stay organised: A clutter-free mind and and a clutter-free space will help you remember better.

Good luck with remembering and have fun!

What ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

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A boy in a hoodie eating Skittles on the way home
gives you the jitters.

But the news reports on cold-blooded murders?
Those you’ve long been numbed to.

Kill the young trans girl-
who knows what kind of monster she’ll transform into next?

Shoot the woman playing with her nephew.
How dare she be seen in her own backyard

Gun down the children,
so they don’t have to run from the monsters

Blow up the streets,
so when the monsters break into your house, you’ll be long gone

Wipe the blood off your forehead,
It’s okay – every home houses its own nightmares

Live with him anyway,
because no one’s going to believe you

Don’t try to speak up,
your melanin does the talking for you

Cover yourself up, blend into the walls.
You’re never safe in your own skin

Arm yourself with pepper spray,
lest the ink of the night pull you in

Hold your purse close, your head low
Stay in the shadows

The monsters under your bed
Wouldn’t stand a chance against the ones in your head

Because these ones don’t scream “boo”
before they come for you.

#teenvoices

This piece is written by Ayushee Roy. She is a first-year English and pre-Communication Studies major. Ayushee is a meme-enthusiast who firmly believes that pineapple belongs on pizza and that dark chocolate is the universal cure to a bad day.

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Self Esteem in Teens

 

“Do you think they like me,” she asked.

“I am sure, they do,” I said, “but what’s more important is, do you like yourself?”

“Not really.”

This was a conversation with a teen today and that’s the reason for this topic yet again. I believe that before we decide to change our life for the better, we need to do a self-esteem check. Adults, kids and teens, us all. Unless, we have looked at our insecurities, our fears and self worth, we can not lead a happy, healthy and productive life. From chasing goals, to being motivated; from developing strong relationships to being resilient, a lot depends on how we see ourselves. So, here’s breaking down Self- Esteem

In psychology, self-esteem means a person’s overall sense of worth. In simple words it means what you think about yourself and how much you appreciate and like yourself. This encompasses your beliefs about yourself, your perception of your appearance, your emotions, and behaviors.

Self Esteem and Teens

A healthy self-esteem works wonders. It can change your attitude, perspectives and relationships with yourself and others. A healthy self-esteem allows teens to explore possibilities, take calculated risks and problem solve, skills that eventually help them to lead a successful and well-rounded life in the future.

Signs of Healthy Self-Esteem include:

  • Confidence
  • Ability to say no
  • Positive outlook
  • Ability to see strengths and weaknesses
  • Ability to bounce back from setbacks
  • Ability to express needs and emotions

Signs of Low Self-Esteem include:

  • Negative outlook
  • Lack of confidence
  • Inability to express needs and emotions
  • Excessive focus on weaknesses rather than strengths
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, depression, and anxiety
  • Belief that others are better than you
  • Trouble accepting positive feedback
  • Intense fear of failure

The good news is that self-esteem can be rebuilt.

What can you do?

  • Use positive affirmations.
  • Identify your strengths and competencies and develop them further.
  • List accomplishments and celebrate small and big successes.
  • Learn to accept compliments.
  • Eliminate self-criticism and introduce self-compassion
  • Practice positive self-talk.

 

What can parents do?

First and foremost, do not allow yout teen to go in to isolation. Communication channels should be kept open and it is important to find out where the source of low self-esteem is stemming from. If talking to your teen is not helping, seek the assistance of teachers, counsellors or mentors. Once the source of low self-esteem is established, parents can help by modeling self-affirming behaviors, practising positive self-talk, providing a non-judgemental space, and ensuring constant communication.

What can friends do?

Use positive affirmations to encourage your friend. Be encouraging and avoid judging. Offer emotional support. Do seek out professional help if your friend self harms or thereatens to do so.

Too Much Self-Confidence?

In most cases, knowing your strengths and having the assuredness are admirable qualities, but if your over-confidence makes you inflexible, opposed to trying new things, and incapable of listening to others, it can have a negative impact on your life as well. This can result in:

  • Missed opportunities, because you assume something to be too easy
  • Taking on too much, because you overjudge your capabilities
  • Alienating friends because you come across as, ‘arrogant.’
  • Relationship issues, as you might end up overly concerned with your own performance and do not pay attention to others.

 

A balance of everything is good. Same rule applies here. Start with positive affirmations and build yourself up, step by step.

“I like myself,” say it with a smile.

Or rather, “I like myself on most days. Sometimes, I like myself a little less, but that’s okay.”

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(The writer is a teen- mentor/ mediator and conducts talks & workshops on self-esteem, positive communication and self-development).

Ghosting

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If you haven’t heard of ghosting yet, you probably should. Ghosting is common and the concept is not even new. However, it has become more pronounced lately due to the multiple channels of social media access that we give the people we get close to.

What is Ghosting?

Ghosting is when someone you care about (and thought cared about you too), disappears without any explanation, with no phone call, no email, and not even a text. They remove themselves from your life, ending all contact or communication. Ghosting may happen at any given point of time in a relationship (or friendship) and contrary to popular belief, it’s the girls who do more of the disappearing act.

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Dear InGroup

#realvoices

(We received this note from a parent. As per our usual practice, the name has been kept anonymous. You can write to us at ingrouphelp@gmail.com).

Dear InGroup,

Your last post on bullying touched my heart. I would like to share my own experience as a parent. This year, my daughter went through bullying episodes in school. She’s not yet a teen. The eposodes were severe, and happened during recess, when people called her names and touched her and shoved her. We kept the school informed, but one day, we got a call from the school and from the police. My daughter had tried to take her life. Can you imagine!!! She is not even 10!  We were devastated and shattered. Actions were taken and the school suspended few students. But, even now my daughter is very scared and we are taking her for counselling sessions.

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I would like to share this with the other parents and also with the other kids/ teens, going through similar things. I want to let them know that they are not alone. I also want to share this so that bullying episodes are not brushed aside as something that is inevitable or ‘just a part of growing up.’ Bullying is serious and should be taken seriously.

Regards,

A parent