Studying Tips,

And How to Remember Them!

Memory, What Is it?

Memory is the encoding and retrieval of information in the brain. Encoding is the process of turning information into a form that the brain can store and use. Retrieval is the process of accessing this stored information. Memory is one of the most important things that humans constantly use every day! If you are having trouble studying for a quizes/tests/etc., follow some of these tips and hopefully they will help!

What Is The Best Way To Study?

Make Sure You Understand The Information First!

When trying to memorize anything, make sure you understand the information! If you are have trouble memorizing the information, no worry! Here are some tips for you!

Make sure that you stay focus while the lesson is being given. Most students can only retrieve information given at the beginning and end of the lesson, this is called the serial position effect. Don't be this student! Instead, if there is something that you don't understand you should further look into it, research it! The extra effort put into wanting to understand the lesson makes it easier to retrieve later, when needed!

If all else fails try to associate the information with something else! For example, if you're learning about court cases in civics class, try to associate one court case with another! Or with something else, as long as you still understand the information! Association will help you memorize the information and understand the information at the same time!

Try To Teach What You Know

Once you understand the information well, test how well you actually know it. Try to teach another student, friend, parent, etc., about the information that you learned. Showing that you can teach another person about the information shows that you understand the topic well and can easily retrieve the information. Try to find a study partner that you can schedule to teach, and them you! (Image right)

Get Some Rest!

Sleep is known to be an important part of maintaining our cognitive abilities, such as memory. Research shows that if you sleep after studying, you can retrieve the information much easier than students who didn't sleep after studying. Try to take a nap after studying, or studying before bed to take advantage of abilities that sleep has on memory! (image left)

Change Your Study Habits

have a way of studying that has been reliable for awhile but isn't working so well lately? Try to change where, when, and how you study every once and a while. Changing your study habits has a bigger impact and is more rememberable in the brain, making it easier to retrieve information. For example, if you study by chunking information (grouping information to make retrieving it easier), try to study by using maintenance rehearsal (repeating the information you need to remember continuously).

Schedule Study Sessions

Everyone has had those cramming-as-much-information-as-you-can studying the night before a test. Nobody likes it! And as it turns out, it isn't very effective either. Research shows that students who cram information the night before the test have a harder time retrieving information than students who have a scheduled study time. Try to schedule a study time that is weekly or daily in order to easily retrieve information. (image right)