Studying for exams? Here are 8 psychologically proven strategies that will help you remember better.
1) Associate information with an image: Memory is predominantly visual. So, associate an image to things that you need to memorize. It maybe a picture of something the word sounds like or something it reminds you of. Imagine it in your mind visually. Draw it out.
2) Break the information in to smaller bits: When we try to remember a phone number, we chunk it. Similarly, large number of facts can be broken in to smaller chunks. Find a way to relate with a memory tree. Construct trunk, big branches, and then leaves. Label them. The main heading is followed by sub topics and the leaves are the details. Even simple chunking, listing of information is better for remembering information.
3) Associate what you are trying to learn with what you already know: The more mental connections you have to a piece of information, the more successful you will be in remembering it.
4) Use mind maps to organise information learnt.
5) Repeat & write: Write out the items to be memorised again and again. Writing can even be in the form of acronyms, one word or even a sentence. Surround yourself with post-its and small note papers on the wall/ table.
6) Summarise: Summarise each paragraph in the margin. This requires you to think about what you’re reading. Teach it to yourself again. Or better, teach it to someone else.
7) Say it out loud
8) Take care of yourself: Keep hydrated, eat healthy and get adequate sleep to retain information.
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