Memory is the process in which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. Encoding allows information from the outside world to be sensed in the form of chemical and physical stimuli. In the first stage the information must be changed so that it may be put into the encoding process. Storage is the second memory stage or process.
Ways to improve your memory:
1) Walk before an exam:
20 minutes exercise before an exam can improve performance. It’s been proven that exercise can boost your brain power and memory.
2) Speak out loud:
You will be surprised how much more you can remember when you’ve said it out loud. Try it in non crowded places and focus on your Online Study.
3) Draw Diagrams and write keywords:
It is very important to visualize information which would be hard to describe. This creates a visual memory in your mind which can be recalled in an exam. Also its important to write keywords to remember subjects that are difficult to remember.
4) Take regular study breaks:
When your brain is working, you need to take regular study breaks to help your brain absorb more information but also to keep you motivated and focused when you are working. Take a short break after 45-50 minutes study as your focus and concentration will become impaired after this period, anything new after 1 hour 30 minutes does not get assimilated.
5) Making the most of a photographic memory:
If you’re lucky enough to possess a photographic memory, you can make the most of it by combining images with text to reinforce what you’ve learned. This makes it easier to recall the information, because all you have to do is bring to mind the image and you should be able to recall the information. Even if you don’t have a photographic memory, you can apply the same principle. Arrange your notes in a pictorial fashion, such as in a spider diagram (where you have the concept in the middle and arrows pointing out of it to different pieces of information). Then, when you need to recall a particular piece of information, the idea is that you remember whereabouts it was on the page and that jolts your memory of what it was about.
6) Setting facts and figures to music:
If you’re struggling to commit a chain of information to memory, try putting a tune to it. Even a rap will do! Then all you need to do is remember the tune and the words should come flooding back. To make it easier to recall, you could try using a tune you already know – perhaps even a children’s nursery rhyme, if you can bear to associate a childhood favourite with your present exams! As long as you’re guaranteed to remember it, though, anything goes.
7) Practice is the best way for memory
Practicing sample answers to past exam questions can help train your brain to retrieve information. Find previous tests and try to solve. This way is very helpful for memory.
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