Need Study Tips?
Continue reading to find out ways to retrieve information!
Information you are studying is easier to encode and store when you pay complete attention to what you are studying. To give complete attention it is important to turn off your cellphone, turn off music/television, and stop multitasking
Organize Your Information
When you are studying grouping information by concepts can be helpful, because recognition proves that is how information is stored in the brain. When you study this way it might also lead to a cued recall. When information is grouped remembering one piece of the puzzle might prompt more pieces of information needed on your test. Without grouping recalling information may be difficult. Making outlines or color coded flash card are good ways to organize information.
One of my favorite study tips is using mnemonic devices. This is when you associate information with something funny, a phrase, or another piece of information you already know. In my health team relations class we watch videos to help us remember our medical terminology. For example, gastr- means stomach, so on the screen a picture of a gas truck with a tank made of a stomach would appear. Associating the word with an audionym and funny picture will make the information easier to recall.
Teach the information.
Explaining or teaching the information you have been studying to another person can be extremely helpful. To be able to recall information for a test it needs to be properly encoded and stored into the long term memory. If you can not explain the information to someone else its a sign that you need to study some more because you do not know the information. This is a technique that many of teachers my teachers use to ensure we know the information they have taught.
Don't forget the information in the middle.
The serial position effect is something that makes it easier to recall the information in the beginning and end. Sometimes information may be harder to remember because it's in the middle. More time needs to be spent on this information, so recalling will be easier. Changing the order of the information might also be helpful. Read certain parts first, or rearrange the order of your flashcards.