Study Tips and Memory Tricks
Do you need a better way to study?
Remembering all of the information teachers give us for tests is hard, so here are some ways to help you .
- Make flash cards: flash cards are a great drill and practice method for remembering information, and increase the likelihood that the information will be stored in your long term memory
- Mnemonic devices: Make up a silly phrase to remember something you struggle with, for example King Henry Does not Drink Chocolate Milk (kilo, hecta, deca, basic unit, deci, centi, milli) for remembering measurement prefixes in chemistry. Pnemonic devices help your brain associate the new information with things already stored in your memory
How To Study
- Find a place that is quiet and lacks distractions so that you can focus on the information, this allows your brain to move it from short term memory to long term memory
- Start studying sooner. No that doesn't mean study for four hours instead of two the night before a test. Break your studying up into shorter sessions over multiple days, studies have shown that this can improve your ability to remember things.
- Create categories for what you're studying. Divide everything up into groups based on similar characteristics. When you group certain things together it's called chunking, and it makes recall much easier
- Try making connections. For example, maybe a person you are studying in history is similar to one of your friends, so remember the historical figure as your friend.
- Mix it up a little. Changing the way you study information can actually help your brain recall it later, because their is a difference in how it relates the information.