Am I Forgetting Something?

By Nicholas Banks

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Do you find yourself blanking out on important tests or skipping questions? No problem! This happens to many students. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to improve your memory.

Setting up an online calendar that sends reminders to your phone is a great way to keep track of your appointments and meetings, but what about the things you need to glue to your brain for over a long period of time? Here are some ways to help improve your memory

  • Attention. In order to access your long term memory from your short term memory, you need to actively attend the information you are studying. Try to study in a place free of distractions such as television or music
  • Study regularly rather than engage in a one night studying marathon. Research has been shown that students who have regular study sessions remember the material far more than students who have a cram session.
  • Use mnemonic devices. Mnemonic is simply a way to remember information. Come up with a rhyme, song, or joke to help you remember a segment of information.
  • Try visualizing the information you study to make recall easier. Pay attention to photographs and charts. If you do not have visual cues to help create your own. Draw charts or figures in the margins of your notes, or use highlighters or pens of various colors to group related ideas in your study materials
  • When you are studying new material, take the time to think about how this information relates to what you already know. This could also be called chunking, where you group, characterize or categorize information to make recall easier.
  • Research suggests reading the material out loud and teaching the same content to another person improves memory of the material.
  • Sleep! Some recent research has been proven that taking a nap after you learn something new can actually help you learn faster and remember better.

These are just a few ways to improve your memory. There are many more ways to improve memories and its storage all over the internet and in books, but try these out for size and see if you remember that question you left blank.