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Challenges and Motivation
Are you preparing for competitive exams but having a hard time memorizing all those difficult concepts & information that’s been thrown at you one after another?
Well, that happens, especially if you’re not one of those students who are blessed with an exceptional memory.
Lucky for you because in today’s discussion, we’ll be covering all those methods & tips that’d help you to improve your memory so that you’d approach your next big exam’s preparation with enthusiasm & excitement rather than being anxious & worried about it.
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Well, you must have heard this often, but no one explains why.
So, to facilitate the flow of information from your short-term memory to long-term memory, you need actively attend to the information.
Turn off your mobile, laptop, or whatever distraction you have.
If you have noisy roommates, ask them to give you some space to focus your attention on study.
Alternatively, you can go to the nearest library and study there, if that suits you.
The idea is to avoid any distractions that can divert your focus.
If you’re an advocate of the marathon session study model, then we must break it to you that this approach won’t bring you too far, and we’re sure you must have already experienced it beforehand.
To cement the tough concepts into your memory, you need to give your brain the time to process information adequately.
In fact, many researches have shown that students who study regularly are more likely to remember concepts than those who study in marathon sessions.
Research has proven that information is organized & stored in memories in related clusters.
You can use this to your advantage by structuring & organizing similar concepts and terms together.
You can also outline related topics from your notes or textbooks to group them.
Mnemonic devices have been tested since the 1960s to aid in recalling & retrieving information. It’s a technique you’ve been taught from earlier stages in your schools to remember long lists.
For example, VIBGYOR to remember the colour of the spectrum.
The idea is simple — you need to associate what you want to remember with something that you’re very familiar with, like acronyms, abbreviations, songs, or rhymes.
A healthy body leads to a healthy mind — Well, that’s more than just a saying.
Exercise not only improves your physical appearance but has been shown to have cognitive benefits too.
Exercise improves the oxygen flow and nutrient circulation in the body, which, in turn, helps to create new brain cells that facilitate memory storage.
Have you ever asked yourself how is e-learning taking over the education industry?
The answer is simple — they have more visual cues embedded in their modules.
Visual cues trigger emotions and have proven to retain information faster & stronger than words, perhaps because the visual memory is encoded in the same place where emotions are processed, i.e. medial temporal lobe of the brain.
Hence, paying attention to photographs, charts, and other graphics in your textbooks can be more advantageous than you think.
If there are no visual cues available for the said concept, try creating your own.
We all know that there are several health benefits of meditation.
Studies show that meditation boosts cognitive functions like focus, concentration, memory, and learning.
It rewires your brain and facilitates more connections between brain cells.
You should include this method in your study.
One 2017 research shows that hearing oneself improves the memory of the said concept over simply reading them silently.
Also, Studies show that peers teaching peers has a twofold effect — Not only the learner learns better, but it also deepens the knowledge of the one who is teaching.
Not only our emotional health but there are also many cognitive benefits of interacting with nature.
A 2008 study suggests that enjoying nature, such as walking in a park, can improve directed-attention abilities compared to walking in a city.
One 2012 Research says, “the waking brain is optimized for the acute processing of external stimuli that involves the encoding of new information and memory retrieval, the sleeping brain provides optimal conditions for consolidation processes that integrate newly encoded memory into a long-term store.”
Also, a study published in 2014 suggests that sleeping after learning something new helps retain the information better.
While there are various methods to improve the retention of new information, it is more related to your physical & mental well-being.
Hence, if you want to do good in competitive exams, don’t just be a bookworm but focus on all-round development.