Category Archives: Studying

Tips to Enrich Memory

“Oh I forgot.” This is something we say a lot and something we hear others say. If you are young, the reason you forget an answer for a test or anything else is not because you have some sort of memory disorder, it is only because you have not studied it properly or reviewed it enough.

Here’s few ways to help you improve your memory.

1. Review

I used to hate hearing this word. But I’ve come to learn that it actually helps. Review as many times as possible because it will only decrease the chances of you forgetting it. One important thing to remember while reviewing is, don’t keep reading it or saying it out loud if your are not focusing on what you are doing as it will not help you. Every time you review, read it like you are reading it for the first time in your entire life.

2. Multitask

I’m not gonna ask you to do this. Doing other things while you study is not an  effcient method. Do one thing at a time because there is only so much that your brain can do. The reason why they ask you not to use your phone while driving and the reason why your parents might ask you not to use your phone while studying is because our brain cannot multitask. If you try to multitask and study you might be able to remember a small portion of what you studied but if you are not you will be able to remember quite more.

3. Sleep

This is the time when your brain is not collecting any information so it can peaceful do it’s job. Memory undergoes a process of consolidation during sleep, i.e., it transfers information into your long term memory. If you are sleep deprived you could even lose your ability to differentiate from right or wrong. Sleep is thus not only necessary for your memory but also for your health, to help you think clearly, it will help connect distantly related ideas, and so on. Sleep for a minimum of 6 – 8 hours a day.

4. Mnemonics

This is a fancy way of helping us to improve memory. You might have done this before but you would have never known that there is a term associated with it. Following are two such methods-

a)Chunking.

This is where you cut short your information into smaller parts. If you are trying to study a paragraph, instead of memorizing it you can figure out the main idea of the paragraph and find one important word from every sentence and then try to build your answer based on that one word.

b)Acronyms.

This is where you make short forms. Example-

UNICEF – The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

SCUBA – Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

Try following these steps, this will surely help you. 

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Study Tips Pt.3

Study Method

We are all different in many ways, even in the way we study. So trying to study the way someone else studies wouldn’t always be successful for us.

There are three types of learners:

a. Auditory learners: If you are an auditory learner, you learn by listening. You can read your notes out loud. You could also record your notes and listen to them. You will find it easier to remember this way.

b. Visual learners: If you are a visual learner, you learn by seeing. You could draw diagrams, form flowcharts, use colours and so on.

c. Kinesthetic learners: If you are a kinesthetic learner, you learn by doing. Study practically works better for you. You could role play or build models. This will help you remember more.

You now might have an idea of what sort of learner you are.

What are some steps to follow to study effectively?

1. Your first step is to identify what type of a learner you are. Then follow the appropriate method of study.

2. Memorize lists of points and not paragraphs.

The amount that your brain can take in is limited, thus it is an advantage to memorize lists.

3. Associate points with things you are familiar with.

This is a method which can help you to remember the topics easier. The trick is to associate the keywords with your favorites (like favorite color, favorite artists, and so on).

4. Try to write what you have looked through from your memory.

You might not be able to write everything what you just went through, but it’s fine. Write whatever you can, even if you are writing down the points you memorized or the association you did. This help you to stretch your thinking capacity and forces you to concentrate better next time when you go through topics.

5. Revise and recall.

Revision is an important step here as you will be able to compare what you have just written down to your notes. This help you to realize the mistake you made while writing the answer.

Recall could be also named as a brushing up time. Here you could say out loud or write what you have studied.

If you still found it hard to write down what you have studied, you could repeat step 2 onwards.


4 Tips for Writing Exams

1) Avoid studying anything new on the morning of the exam

For this you would have to start studying way before exam time. If you are well prepared then you don’t have to go through a lot of stress. A little amount of stress is needed to keep you motivated, but also don’t don’t give into the stress. Also when you study study in a systematic method. Keep your own version of notes, because later on when you are browsing through it, it will be easier to understand.

2) Choose short and familiar first

If a choice is provided for the questions, choose the one which is most familiar and the short one (short one – if you are given an option for two questions, for one of those you might need 4 pages to complete the answer and for the other 2 pages. In this case chose the one where you can get the whole mark by writing less)

3) Time yourself

Before writing an answer you have to set a time limit and make sure you stick to it! Time your self in a way that at the end of the exam you will have some time to go through or read through you answers.

Eg: for a 5 mark question take 3 mins, 10 mark question take 7 mins and for 15 mark take 13 mins

4) Think before you write

Before you write an answer think what all you want to include in the answer. Its always good to answer directly to the question, but teachers do appreciate a bit of extra knowledge. Some might deny it, but it is true. Its good to have paragraphs and its good to highlight the most important words of the key words. If you are writing about a person’s theory or a summary of a story/poem its always good to have a brief introduction about the person. Make sure to write an introduction and conclusion.