Memory Techniques to Learn Effectively

It is exam time!
The time when we have to write onto the answer sheets what we remember but lo and behold! We become blank the moment we see the question paper; it’s as if the words just evaporate.

Every student goes through this sometime or the other…. the struggle to recollect information. We may know everything, however recollecting information at the nick of time is the way to success in the examination time

This is where memory techniques and their application become extremely important.

All memory techniques are simply neuro-scientific. As, the knowledge of ‘how the brain works’ is essential for all students to help them apply relevant hacks and restructure their way of storing information in their brains, let’s a glance at how information storage happens inside the human brain while learning.

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Let’s simplify this. Learners receive information in varied ways and from a range of sources, an aspect on which learners don’t have control on. The ball game can change from the second step; the student can adopt excellent learning strategies to comprehend information in a manner that is comfortable. The third step is a significant one where memory techniques come into picture. Here the student applies memory techniques to store information, so that recollecting the same at any point of time becomes very easy.

Have you wondered why we remember certain interesting TV adverts but may forget brands associated with it. The reason is that images, sounds and emotions are hooks that bind our memories more strongly than any other medium. So the trick is to store all important information by using Imagination & Association in any of the three forms.

Let us take the simplest among examples, ‘Spaced Repetition / Spaced Visualization’ techniques. One among them is Auditory and the other is Visual in nature.

One of the most powerful memory techniques is “Linking” and the same can be widely used by all students in all subjects. To give you an example, look at following two sentences:

Harry and Lisa are Natives of Karnataka. They found a Ruby Crystal From the Beaches of Mangalore and Carefully gave it to Senior Bangalore Ranger who Scanned it and said “Yahoo” !!

It would amaze you to know that the moment a learner remembers these two simple sentences which is so easy to do, s/he has achieved something that may take hours of cramming-memorizing the first three columns of the Periodic Table.

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Let me explain, look at the way the keywords from the above sentences have been linked to the elements of the periodic table

If it takes some moments to memorize the first three columns, the whole periodic table is not far off ! It’s magical isn’t it?

But let’s not be caught in this moment. It is equally important to make all this a part of permanent memory and there consistent practice is the key.

A parting advice? Do all this in a cool state of mind… avoid pressure by spacing out your exam preparation well; don’t push it to the last of the days.

Wishing all of you Super Easy Learning with Super Awesome Memory!

Sundar Rabindranathan

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