What is the worst that can happen during exams? Forgetting an answer and missing out on the A+ grade that you could have secured with the right answer. Well, human beings are not all perfect and we tend to forget things on several occasions. However, for students during their educational journey, this aspect can be pretty fatal. They not only need to master several subjects but also need to remember the correct answer in order to secure good or high marks in the exams. In short, students need to develop a good memory to basically demonstrate the mastery of their knowledge.
Having said that, the process of acquiring an efficient memory will take some time and practice. Moreover, some students tend to have innate problems like difficulty in registering information in their memory. For example, when studying complex subjects like chemistry students might fail to remember the location or the number of p-block elements in the periodic table. So, some of these factors greatly affect the development of better memory capabilities. The good news though is that anyone can significantly improve upon their memory and develop better retention power. In this article, we have picked out some of the proven strategies that will help students enhance their memory and perform better in the class.
Read Often and Highlight Important Points
Developing a habit of reading has several benefits. However, one main advantage is that it helps in enhancing memory registration in students. How? Well, students when they read books they need to make a note of or even highlight and underline all the important words or topic which they can review it later. Students can also make use of graphic organizers while reading and these will help them remember concepts more easily.
Maths and Science Subjects
Maths and Science subjects require more of mental computations, logical thinking and analysis. For maths, students who have weak memory should jot down the steps of calculation instead of relying on mental capabilities. As for science subjects, students should make use of tools like acronyms, rhymes, acrostics, and use association to remember facts and numbers. While these subjects involve learning different formulas students should keep a separate notebook for them. With these, students can keep a track of everything and remember things when needed to.
Try Different Learning Formats
One of the effective ways students can enhance their memory is by utilizing different learning formats like verbal and visual formats. For example, learning about the topic of inductive effect, students can learn the definition verbally, write down the equations as well as practice drawing the bond structure. In this way, they will be able to learn properly and retain information for a longer period of time.
Engage In Retrieval Practice
Students should engage themselves more in retrieval practice and take part in writing tests. By engaging in such activities students will be able to recall information more frequently and clearly. Students should also take initiative to design their own tests and take them.
Keep The Brain Active
One of the efficient ways to develop good memory is to keep “exercising” the brain. Activities like learning musical instruments, solving puzzles and games can keep the brain active and enhance its physiological functioning. Besides, such activities also keep the brain developing as new nerve connections are constantly formed which further leads to the improvement of memory.
These are some of the useful tips that students can follow to improve their memory and perform better in the class as well as in the exams.
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