Author: Jane Sandwood.
Whether you are studying in a secondary or tertiary institution, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the quantity of work required, especially if you are aiming for top grades. Some students rely on services such as essay mills, which are not technically illegal but which are symbolic of the fact that for many students, self-reliance and memory can be a struggle.
Sometimes, it is a matter of time management; other times, problems retaining information can be a problem. Boost your memory and learn to rely only on yourself for academic success, by following these tips.
Playing Brain Games
There are a plethora of brain games and apps promising to boost your memory, but one game that has been scientifically proven to improve the working memory is Dual-n-Back. Consider it an advanced version of the electronic memory game, Simon.
In Dual-n-back (which is available free online), you simply look at a blank grid which begins to light up in particular squares and make sounds. The aim of the game is to click any time a new square appears where another appeared before it, and click any time one hears a sound that was played previously.
This game improves the part of your memory that helps you make sense of instructions and remember recent information. It is useful for solving problems on the spot, and understanding complex sequences.
Use the Right Study Tools
For some students, typing out messy notes is a great way to retain information, but ultimately, each student has to choose some preferred memory hacks. Try using everything from flashcards to mind maps, pneumonics, and recorded lectures, and try to enlist the help of a study partner who can test you on the most important areas of a subject. Many people also find that listening to Baroque music or other types of lyric-free music, boosts their memory and productivity.
Repeating information daily is key to storing it well, so don’t fall into the trap of cramming loads of information the night before an exam. If you start studying a few weeks before, you will have the time to incorporate techniques such as spaced learning, which involves taking frequent exercise breaks to help consolidate learning.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
When we sleep less than seven hours a day, our memory and cognitive abilities can suffer. It is important to sleep well in the days leading up to the exam, so we are alert on exam day. Studies have shown that sleep-deprived students are outperformed regularly by those who enjoy quality sleep.
Block Social Media Sites
Did you know that every time you interrupt your work or study to check out Facebook or other social media sites, it can take 25 minutes to get back into the flow of things? During exam time, avail of handy apps such as Freedom (which blocks your Internet for up to eight hours at a time), or Anti-Social (which blocks social media networks only but allows you to use the Internet for any other purposes, such as study and research).
To sharpen your memory, boost your self-confidence and increase your independence, try memory tools, brain games, and above all, learn to manage your time well. No course contains more content that can be reasonably remembered, whenever you space out your learning and avoid the distractions that can stand in the way of success.