Is it possible to train your brain to remember things better? If you've ever forgotten where you put your keys or blanking out information on an important test, you've probably wished your memory was a little better. Fortunately, there are numerous activities you can engage in to help improve your memory. Using a reminder system can be beneficial. Setting up an online calendar that sends reminders to your phone will assist you in keeping track of all your appointments and meetings. Making daily lists can help you remember important tasks that need to be completed.
But what about all the important information you need to remember for the rest of your life? There are several strategies you can use to get more out of your memory. It will take some effort and may even require tweaking or drastically changing your normal study routine. Check out some of these tried-and-true memory-improvement techniques before your next big exam. These strategies can significantly improve memory, recall, and information retention.
Pay Close Attention
One of the most important aspects of memory is attention. You must actively attend to information for it to move from your short-term memory to your long-term memory. Make an effort to study in an environment free of distractions such as television, music, and other diversions. Getting rid of distractions can be difficult, especially if you live with boisterous roommates or noisy children.
Cramming Should be Avoided
Studying materials over several sessions allows you to give yourself enough time to process information. Students who study regularly remember the material far better than those who do all of their studying in a single marathon session, according to research.
Use Mnemonic Devices
Mnemonic devices are a technique that students frequently employ to aid in recall. A mnemonic is merely a method of remembering information. For example, you might associate a difficult-to-remember term with a common item with which you are very familiar. Mnemonics that use positive imagery, humor, or novelty are the most effective.
Experiment and Rehearse
You must encode what you are studying into long-term memory to recall it. Elaborative rehearsal is one of the most effective encoding techniques. Reading the definition of a key term, studying the definition of that term, and then reading a more detailed description of what that term means is an example of this technique. After a few repetitions of this process, you should find that recalling the information is much easier.
Change Up Your Studying Routine
Changing your study routine regularly is another excellent way to improve your recall. If you're used to studying in one place, try moving to a different location during your next study session. If you study in the evening, try spending a few minutes each morning reviewing what you learned the night before.
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