Updated: Aug 9, 2021
8 MEMORY TECHNIQUES FOR A BETTER STUDY SESSION
Everything takes practice. Many students struggle with remembering facts and material because they simply don’t take the time to work their minds regularly. As subjects get harder, they find that their mind is unprepared to tackle the information.
Rather than asking how to memorize faster for exams, students should be learning how to use their memory more effectively while they study.
1. ORGANIZE YOUR SPACE
To improve your memory, you need to be able to focus. Distractions of any kind will prevent this, so make sure your space is clear of clutter and has all the materials you need for your study session.
2. VISUALIZE THE INFORMATION
Use the Method of Loci. This is a technique where you visualize a house, associating rooms in the house with bits of information. New information goes into a new room. Open a drawer to find a chemical formula. Open a closet to find the names of the bones in the foot.
3. USE ACRONYMS AND MNEMONICS
Create patterns and words from the information you need to remember. Associating the first letter of each item with a word, phrase, or rhyme, can make information easier to recall. These tricks are especially useful to help remember lists and ordering information.
4. USE IMAGE-NAME ASSOCIATIONS
Recalling names can be easier by associating images and names in a clever, unique way. Remember the names of the presidents by associating a facial feature with their name, such as ‘Mutton Chops Van Buren’.
5. USE THE CHAINING TECHNIQUE
Create a story or sentence around a bit of information so that it can be more easily recalled. Remember the order of the planets by telling a tale about them going on a picnic. The story can be silly and fun, which will make it easier to remember.
6. LEARN BY DOING
Learn information by acting it out. Using hand gestures and other movements can help you better remember information with muscle memory. If you can’t move around when studying, use your imagination to picture it in your mind.
7. STUDY IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS
Your memory can be triggered by different cues in your environment. If you are having trouble remembering the material you are studying, try moving to a new spot to help the information stand out in your mind.
8. REVISIT THE MATERIAL
Review the material you studied a couple of days after your study session. Make a mental note of anything you have forgotten, and review those areas again.
LEARNING ISN’T JUST ABOUT MEMORIZATION
Remember, it’s important to use these memory techniques on top of other good study habits like proper time management and organization. This will help make sure you’re not simply memorizing the material, but working toward a deeper understanding of the subject.