Your studies can feel like an overload of information with only a fraction of it becoming knowledge. Retain more with these six tricks to train your memory.
we don’t expect you to recite textbooks like a multiplication table, repeating
something you’re trying to learn helps lodge it in your memory. A typical path
might be your lecturer saying something important, you mouthing it and then
writing it down to read later. Saying it, writing it and reading it means it
has been repeated three times in different ways, creating different pathways to
your brain. (Teaching it to another person counts as a fourth!)
2. Building blocks
is easier when you have a foundation and then make connections between the new
information and your established knowledge. If you need to remember a slab of
information, break it down and add it to your memory piece by piece. For
example, when trying to remember a case study, start with the who and what, and
then gradually add the when, why and how.
3. Finding patterns
mnemonic device is a common technique that links information to patterns that
are more memorable, for example remembering the number of elements in a contract then expanding that to the actual
elements. Commonly, mnemonics use a phrase where the starting letter of each
word relates to the piece of information, or short rhymes such as Thirty days
human brain is attracted to narrative, so developing a story can help you
remember details that might otherwise escape you. Turn information into
characters you can describe and explain the consequences of their actions. What
happens when GST meets BAS? Humour also makes information sticky, and telling
someone the story further embeds it in your memory.
5. Write a song
into the meaning of nursery rhymes and you’ll find many are mini lessons in
history effectively passed down by putting rhyme and music together. Choose a
piece of simple music and write a short song about what you’re trying to learn.
You may also find that someone else has done the hard work, like this economics
rap on Hayek versus Keynes.
6. Create a game
games are geared to aid learning, and memory games reward recollection, such as
matching a piece of information with another. Creating the game is often as
important as playing it because it helps you structure information for easy
recollection. You can also make a game for two or more people as learning in a
group and constructive socialising also assists memorisation.
respond differently to different techniques, so have a go at some of these to
see which works best for you. You can also combine these tricks to enhance the
Good luck with your studies this semester!
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