Tips For Improving Your Memory

December 30, 2013

Medical work experience students in Tanzania We’ve all been there some time or the other – you are answering an exam paper and you know you’ve revised the answer to a particular question. You know you should know the answer but it just eludes you. All too often, our memory has a way of deserting us when we need it the most. While it may not be a serious problem in all aspects, when it comes to exams this is not something you can really afford. The best way to overcome this hurdle is to train your memory to remember things that are important.

Here are a few tips that will help you improve your memory:

  • Repetition pays– Though a lot people scoff at learning things by rote, there are some distinct advantages to learning something in a repeated manner. In fact, nothing beats repetition when it comes to memorising course work. The best way to do this is to pay attention to what is taught in the lecture and after the lecture take time to read the subject matter again from your textbook or notes. You can even take it one step further and discuss it with your study partners. Because the repetition is done in so many different ways, it won’t be boring either.
  • Don’t memorize without understanding – More often than not, the reason why we forget certain things is because we just read through it without really attempting to understand what we are reading. This is especially true when you are trying to learn a difficult formula or any complex topic. First understand the concept behind a particular topic and then memorize it. This way you will be able to retain it better. When you simply memorize without understanding, when doing the test, you will have a harder time putting the answer together because you never really knew it in the first place.
  • Stay interested and curious always – It is a common fact that we tend to remember the things that we are most interested in while we easily forget things we are not interested in. You will notice that you will remember even the little details when it pertains to something that piques your interest. It’s because you ask questions, look for information and do a lot of research on it. In the same way, if you are curious about the things you are learning about, there is no way you are going to forget those things when you need to pull in that information.
  • Take time for some R & R – All-nighters are okay once in a while but it is not an ideal method of studying. Taking the time to rest, relax and socialise are just as important. Manage and plan your days well so you allocate sufficient time for studying during the day and also get sufficient time to rest. The grey cells need to rest and cramming your brain with information will not stand you in good stead.  You need to rest well especially before your exams. Staying awake all night before the day of the exam will only tire you out and leave you feeling sleepy when you are supposed to be actually writing the paper.

Improving your memory is a lot about training your mind and yourself to get into a set schedule, making an effort and sticking to it. There are numerous other methods of improving your memory, but it’s good to start with these simple strategies, which have stood the test of time and proven to be very effective.