Every student has had the situation where they have too much to study and perform poorly during the exam. The reason of this underperformance is the inability to retain information. You may even think to yourself, “But I studied this!”. This isn’t an excuse, but a sign that you aren’t aware of the memory skills required to become a top scoring student. Provided you ensure to practise the below techniques every day, getting more than 80 percent for every subject is very much possible!
Below are some time-tested as well as modern-day approaches for memory retention.
This is a high-level memory technique used by memory champions around the world. Here, the student should imagine a physical setting (such as the living room or bedroom) and assign information to the various objects that are present. For instance, if you wish to learn the 7 North Eastern states of India, put stickers with the following words on these objects.
Study Table: Meghalaya
Curtain: Arunachal Pradesh:
Read the stickers a couple of times with full concentration. Now close your eyes and imagine sitting in your room with the above objects around you. Now, get amazed as you imagine a study table and easily remember Meghalaya, think of the chair and you’ll immediately remember Mizoram. This technique can be expanded to the 29 states of India, and before you know it, you would have studied all the states.
This is a simple, yet powerful technique where the student can learn large amounts of information quickly. In science, the colours of the rainbow include Violet Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. This can be hard to remember, and a student may miss out on a few colours. By recalling the first letter of each of these colours we can come up with the acronym VIBGYOR. By remembering this simple new word, it is easy to remember all the colours and the likelihood to miss out a colour is minimal.
This method of memorisation works very well in subjects where the sequence of events is important to remember. This is why you will notice that many history teachers teach their lessons in the form of a story. It is not just to make the topic interesting, but to help the student remember facts easily.
Students who have studied all night without rest often scores less than someone who has studied well but also has had 8 hours of proper sleep. This is not an accident and can be explained by a research paper in 2013. This study was conducted at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and showed that sleep helps the brain in retaining memory. So, make sure that you get enough sleep after studying so that all the information gets consolidated.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this becomes true for students. A study conducted by the Centre of Neuroscience and Learning in Germany showed that visuospatial memory improves in teenage boys after breakfast.
By making a few simple changes in your life, you can easily start to see a difference in your ability to learn and remember information.