Most times we get worried over the fact that we cram what we are reading and sometimes tend to forget it. Cramming does not work for everyone, that is why you should always look for ways to improve your memory.
Your memory is a muscle that needs to be gotten in shape just like your body. The following are some ways to improve your memory.
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Read silently in your mind or speak out loud instead of simply reading. This depends on what works for you. While some people assimilate better by reading silently in their mind, others assimilate by speaking out loud.
Have a notebook to jot down points and also questions you will answer after reading.
Present what you have studied to the room. Someone must not necessarily be around before you could do this. After reading, you can make a presentation to the room. You can also decide to record your presentation and afterwards, listen to it and know where to make your corrections.
USE A METHOD THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Always use a method that works for you. If making illustrations is what helps you to remember things, then do it. If defining things in your own ways is what works for you, then do it, but make sure you use the key words while defining it in your own way.
GET MORE INFORMATION
Do not be satisfied by just the textbooks you are using. Get more information on the topic you are reading either from old textbooks or from internet and make notes to suit you. There can never be too much of knowledge.
Take regular study breaks. Study breaks help your brain absorb more information and also keeps you focused. Take a short break every 45 to 50 minutes study to avoid your concentration from being impaired.
Try not to study in a noisy environment or where you will easily get distracted. It is always advisable to study in quiet place because not everyone can assimilate amidst noise.
It is difficult to just wake up and start reading a day to exams and assimilate it, though this might work for few persons. Revise often even before close to the exams period. Try answering past exams questions. This will train your brain to retrieve information.
AVOID UNDUE PRESSURE
Do not put yourself under undue pressure while studying and before exams. Get enough rest before your exams. You might decide to rest during the day and study at night or study during the day and rest at night, but avoid studying throughout the day and night. Remember, your brain also needs rest.
Meditation helps students focus when studying. It also helps reduce pre-exam stress. It improves both mental and physical health. Meditating as a study method is not to be underrated.
Do not let exams tension get to you. Exams tension tends to make students forget what they had read. You might not remember anything before getting into exams hall, but be rest assured everything will come back to you when you have gotten the question paper.