Learning and memorizing things is an integral part of every student’s life. Often, memorization is believed to be synonymous with rote learning, that is, remembering things by force. But, this is absolutely a wrong idea. Memorizing study matter is basically remembering things by understanding and not just by repeatedly reading the same stuff and trying to pin these in your brain. Whether you wish to memorize from your notes or books, the ‘memorization’ process has to be done in a way that you remember the things you learn for a long period.
Not being able to memorise things fast often emerges as a great nuisance for the students. Isn’t it way too boring to sit over only one subject and not be able to remember things fast? If you are a student, and struggling with not being able to memorize fast and tend to forget things quickly, this blog post is for you. Just because you are not able to keep the facts retained in your mind, don’t start doubting your memory skills. Memorization is just a skill that can be attained after following proper strategies and undergoing rigorous training.
Keep reading to know how you can achieve long term memory and get your academic activities done fast and quick.
Tip #1: Make Sure You Have Understood The Concept
Before moving ahead with memorising your study matter, make sure you have properly understood the concept inherent in your notes or texts. Paying attention to the classroom is a must to ensure you have got a hold of what the topic is all about. Once you are sure that you have understood the basic idea, memorising that stuff won’t take long. This is because what is presented in your book or notes is the same idea but wrapped in better phrasing and sentences. So, once you know what it is all about, remembering the wordings and grammar won’t be too difficult for you. What say?
Tip #2: Practise Spaced Repetition
Spaced repetition has emerged as a highly effective technique to remember things easily, quickly, and that too for a long period of time, instead of keeping on forgetting things incessantly. Do you face the problem of not being able to recall things just the next day or worse, after a few hours of having memorized a topic? If yes, follow this strategy to review and study little portions from your learning resources at regular intervals, and not at once on a single day.
Make notes in an organized way, clear your doubts with the help of your teacher, and then go over these notes every 1-2 days. Space your note reviewing act over a few days. In this way, you won’t forget things, and be able to retain the facts properly in your memory.
Tip #3: Act As If You Are Teaching The Stuff To Someone Else
If you can make someone sit in front of you and convince them to hear you, it will be great. However, if you can’t, don’t worry. Stand before the mirror and start lecturing the stuff that you have memorized earlier. Teaching is a great way to assess how well you have succeeded in remembering a specific topic. You may even test your memorization skills by trying to eke out questions from the matter you have studied, just like a teacher does to test the knowledge of the students. Assessing yourself in this manner will help you to gain insights into your ability to memorize things.
Tip #4: Take Breaks At Proper Intervals
Don’t make the mistake of cramming your brain with loads of information. After memorizing a substantial portion of your study matter, take proper breaks to ensure proper retention of information. In this way, you can remember lots of things more easily and quickly, and that too, for a longer period of time.
Initially, you may find following these tips hard but once you start implementing these strategies, things will become way too easier for you. Hopefully, the tips on the list will help you remember things easily. Happy memorizing!