Tip 1. Find Your Why
Think about why you want to study your subjects.
If you are just learning to pass an exam, chances are you will forget everything the next day.
When you want learn, you need to have a strong (emotional) motivation.
Just by tapping into a desire to learn something will increase your memory retention and learning abilities.
Those who want to be doctors are more likely to have an active interest in topics like biology or chemistry and therefore find it easier to remember key facts and information from those classes.
What is your end goal?
Find something you want to achieve and connect it with your academic success. Once you find your own key motivation for studying, everything becomes easier to learn and remember.
Tip 2. Learn Use Mnemonic Devices
Mnemonic devices are ageless proven tricks to help you remember almost anything more easily.
Many of the techniques have been around for thousands of years.
So what does a Mnemonic device look like? They are simply different methods to help you remember specific chunks of information.
Here’s an example:
This mnemonic device helps you to memorize the first 10 elements and their position.
“Henry Hester Likes Beer But Can Not Obtain Food Now”
Just by remembering this line, you are able to remember each of the first 10 elements and their position in the list:
Henry – Hydrogen
Hester – Helium
Likes – Lithium
Beer – Beryllium
But – Boron
Can – Carbon
Not – Nitrogen
Obtain – Oxygen
Food – Fluorine
Now – Neon
See how each word represents an element in it’s position? This is a type of mnemonic device. Our brains find it easier to remember a storyline or a structured sentence rather than a list of random names of elements.
You can use Mnemonic devices to memorize nearly anything. The more you practice the easier it gets, too.
If you practice these tricks often, studying for any exam will become a breeze.
Tip 3. Use Regular review
The best way to move something from your short-term memory banks to your long-term memory banks is to repeat it a few times.
So, schedule some time every week to review your class notes from the semester. Don’t just review what you learned that week. Review what you leaned 2,3,4 weeks ago as well.
Another extra trick here is to practice recalling the information out of sequence. This cements the info even further into your brain.
Which brings us to: