top study hacks to improve the memory for exam preparation

Don’t say it’s the exam season again. The grind is about to begin shortly. Do you also think how is it possible for a student to remember the extensive stuff like world war consequences, solving integrals and remembering the phyla characteristics? Isn’t this required a great deal of memory? Yes! It is.

The article is surely meant for you.

Following are the tips and tricks, more aptly describing them as “hacks”, for boosting up memory during the exam season.

 

1. Understand your brain mechanism:

As previously stated, memory is expandable. Prior to discussing the tricks, it will be a way better to first understand the mechanism of brain action. Everything we remember is either a part of long term memory or short term. Every event that happened may find the room in the short term memory this is the active sort of memory. Here the memories reside for a shorter period of times. Long term memory constitutes the old events that happened many years ago but this section holds the information for a longer time span.

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So here our ultimate goal is to boost up the long term memory.

2. Customize a portable study spot:

According to some recent researches on the memory, changing seating spots often can drive you towards attaining better memory rather than sitting at a single study table. So select some cozy studying spot and switch them.

3. Exercise:

Recent researches have buildup the connection between taking exercise and building memories. As like all other vital organs our brain also requires continual oxygen and blood supply, as exercise boost the blood supply to the brain so more neurons are regenerated as a consequence of improved functioning. So, more neurons lead to more storage.

4. Focus attention while reading:

While studying, keep your whole focus on the subject. Keeping yourself away from the distractions and attaining your attention are the two main building blocks of the memory. There are a number of ways to remain attentive. The simplest could be reading out the content a bit louder so that you can hear your voice and can focus on it.

5. Say no to distractions:

It could possibly be the difficult most thing to achieve but it is not impossible. If you are determined to get your goal you can keep yourself away from these nasty distractions but if you find “self-control” rather a hard parameter to achieve then self-control apps are surely designed for you. Block social media apps during the specified study hours.

6. Stop cramming:

Cramming isn’t rather a temporary or a permanent solution. Students often sneak into shortcuts by cramming the content rather than getting the concepts. So the time you spend to cram isn’t worth it. Our minds are quite logical and only the topics with a better understanding and insight will find a permanent room in the long term memory.

7. Dedicate time for logical study:

Do structured and organized study. Try to get the insight, create the logical pattern in your mind. Carve out your creative skills and make mind maps for every single topic you come across. The flowsheets, logical reasoning and mind maps will make you capable of digesting more information in less time.

8. Try to visualize the concepts:

Visualization is an important tool in memory expansion. The things you see or visualize retains in the memory for a longer time period. So be vigilant in observing the graphical data, pictorial representations or flash cards.

9. Relate the newer concepts to older ones:

Our minds do great when it comes to establishing the connections between the concepts. So try to relate the new concepts with the previous chapters. This will also enable you to think logically.

10. Get assistance from YouTube:

This hack actually works wonders. You can see the documentaries or can consult the open courseware provided by the various leading universities. Watching videos on the concerned topic not only makes you visualize things but also make you an active listener both of which leads you to the better memory.

11. Get assistance from music:

If you are always surrounded by noisy companions, then this hack can do miracles for you. By music, we aren’t referring you to hip hop songs. There is music which can actually help your brain to concentrate. So get yourself solaced b listening to study aid music.

12. Practice a lot:

There is no parallel to hard work. Practicing over the stuff for a longer time span is the 100 percent genuine way to enhanced memory. Don’t go for shortcuts and make yourself habitual of regular studies.

13. Try to teach:

This is the well-pronounced way too. Before a quiz or exam try to teach your fellows. This will not only boost your confidence but eventually, you will notice that taught concept a better homie of your memory. It’s perfectly alright if you don’t have any companion be your own teacher and try to repeat the topic after studying it.

14. use different learning techniques:

the smart study is now a day a more genuine key to success. So why you are sticking to old conventional styles? Try out different learning styles for remembering different sort of stuff. Use mnemonics to digest the long list of items, tabulate the statistical data, a flow chart the massive concepts, chronologically order the historical events. Be flexible and versatile.

15. Sleep well and take regular breaks:

A healthy body surely has a healthy mind. Don’t be a night owl. Ensure a healthy sleep cycle. Are the exams around? still, 8 hours’ sleep is what your body demands from you. While studying don’t stuff your brain with the massive loads of information. Overburdening will eventually create a mess rather section your contents and take short intervals between the study chunks. Best of luck!

Tips Every University Student Needs To Survive The Final Exams

Every university student faces the dilemma of confronting final examinations once or twice in a year. The word “exam” sounds so intimidating. Especially if you are a fresher then final exam could really be daunting for you.

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You have vigilantly studied during the whole semester or term, burning your mid night’s oil to prepare for those daunting assignment and quizzes, trying hard to manage the attendance in the morning classes. Now that’s the concluding time but unfortunately, the last week is a roller coaster week before the start of exams.

But boosting up the motivation level to give the term a decent ending is the rightful approach.

Get yourself comfy in your sweatpants, reserve a solaced study corner for your studies, give this article a read and let’s get start implementing on the pro-tips to ace your final exams.

Kill the actual culprit:

The most common problem shared by a number of students along the globe is the “procrastination”. This is the actual reason behind the poor performance in the finals.

Do you know what is procrastination?

It is probable that you procrastinate occasionally but isn’t familiar with the term so:

Procrastination is putting off the task a while later, although you could proficiently utilize that contemporary time to carry out the task.

The delaying habit is the real culprit. As its almost the time for the exams again so deal with this bad habit first. Just kill the culprit before it destroys your grade. Gather the motivation (use any source you can get motivated from), set the goal, stop procrastinating and give it a start.

Turning off the social media accounts:

YES, just mute your accounts for a week or two. Believe me, it’s not as daunting as it seems. Some students will really get offended by this tip, but just relax and observe, you will definitely find your accounts as your “time-eaters”. when you will set your timetable and will allocate time for study hours then keep your mobile phone away really far away from you. Mute all the notifications because you can easily be distracted by them. When you meet the required goal you are free to use your mobile, hangout or watch a movie or anything that you want to get yourself relaxed.

But prioritize studies in the studying hours of your plan.

Get to what’s on this semester’s stake:

This is really a good approach to know what is the syllabus you have to cover for the exams before hitting to a plan. As you get to know the details of the exam content or syllabus, you can estimate the burden you have to bear. So you can gear yourself up according to the need. This can either relax you give you goosebumps but don’t panic you can still ace the result.

Find a suitable learning style:

It’s only you who knows yourself well. When you get to know the syllabus you will definitely have a vivid idea about the content (either it is conceptual, theoretical, statistical) and the CLOs your professor wants you to meet. Observe them vigilantly and come up with the method you can easily cover them. There are 7 learning styles most commonly used in the world. Have a look at these and decide the learning style.

Get yourself comfortable:

Choose a comfortable studying spot for you. It could either be your room, study, a park, a cafe or library. According to the recent studies on better memory and learning scientists now suggest switching your locations rather than studying at a single place. The atmosphere change really helps you to bitterly memorize.

Time for planning:

After you get yourself done with all the above-mentioned stuff then this is the time for planning. Grab a cup of coffee to enlighten the “idea section” of your brain. Be realistic in making our plan. Don’t overburden yourself. Select a pace for yourself to accomplish all the task. Try to cover the intimidating parts of courses earlier to give yourself some mental peace. Also, try to cover more things in the starting days of the week so you can have some relaxing time before the exam night.

Reschedule the deadline:

Give yourself the deadline of a day or two earlier than the actual deadline. Stick to it and completely forget about the actual deadline. This will really help you in achieving the task earlier and you have already spared the room for inevitable unwanted issues, if you may confront them.

Study buddies:

Are you okay in group studies?

If you find yourself compatible for group study, then look for the group of study buddies who are actually serious regarding studies. Believe me, if you combine study works on you and you are fortunate enough to find some nerdy friends, then this has reduced your task to half. You can divide the courses or topics among each other and can discuss the assigned topics the next day. This will not only be time-saving but you will also achieve the aggregation of ideas over a single topic.

You may take assessments or mock exams from each other for reducing the exam fear.

Start revising and taking notes:

When you are all done with the planning and learning strategies. Start revising the course. Take revision notes. If you are having trouble in finding an appropriate notes taking method then have a look at our article how to master your notes taking skills.

have a detailed revision with elaborative revision notes.

 Carve out the detective skills:

Why only to watch Sherlock? Carve out your detective skills to acquire the past papers from seniors a=or any other source. This will not only give the idea about the professor’s assessment methodology but also it will tell you whether your preparation is on right track or not.

 Don’t be a night owl: Give proper care to your sleep and relaxation cycle. Don’t get yourself overburden and eventually ill. Don’t stay up all night. Take a sound sleep to try to wake up early with the fresh mind.

How to Master your Notes Taking Skills

Notes taking is probably the most influential tool to get the most out of your college and university. Notes taking isn’t an important subject of matter for the students alone, this is something you will be doing in the bulk of your life. This article will help you to choose the effective style for taking the notes during the lecture.

High schools and universities have their own perks and downsides, the burdensome studies, the sleepless nights, overburdening fears yet the most memorable days.

Often students find it hard to manage the studies along with their side activities.

But a poise between the study and extracurricular activities can only be achieved by vigilantly using the study and lecture hours.

Why is it so important to take notes?

Active notes taking hones the memory, not only it will improve the active listening skills of the students but also retains the concepts in the memory for a longer period of mind. Notes taking can be initially intimidating for the students but it’s not as much as it seems.

Notes taking is not simply jotting down every single thing you hear during the lecture rather it is the art of smartly conceiving and noting which really is important; means the core concepts of the topic.

There are a bunch of different methods for taking notes. The article provides a brief overview of the major methods of notes taking. Go for the one which suits your needs well.

Master Notes Taking Skills

The common notes taking styles are:

•    The outline method

•    The Cornell method

•    Charting method

•    Boxing method

•    Mapping method

•    Sentence method

Let’s have a detailed view of each style.

Outline method:

It is the simplest, most common and time-saving style. Here the important points are written as the main heading in the left corner of the page and further subheadings and important points are written in the bullets form.

This could be an effective style for the classes where the professor strictly follows the lecture plan. Just highlight all the important stuff in your notebook. When you will be revising the lecture after class you will have a clear picture of all the topics covered in the class. This method also eases you with the editing of notes.

However extensive lectures like mathematics and chemistry having a lot of formulas and equations are difficult to be noted down in the outline method.

Cornell method:

It is rather a new and effective tool. The layout given by the method is unique than all the predecessor. The method has a functional versatility which makes it equally effective for different lecture domains.

Divide the page of your notebook into four sections. A top section for the title and dates. A bottom section for the summary. Divide the mid part into two columns with the ration of 1:3.

In the upper portion write the title of the lecture along with the date and another thing you want to mention.

Write the main notes in the column on the right side of the page. You can stick to your notes taking style in this section. Write it in paragraphs, bullets or any other style you want.

The section on the left style is reserved for the key points, things to remember, key concepts, important formulas, and your queries.

In the bottom section write the summary. At the end of lecture compose your thoughts and write it in this section. It’s probably the “essence” of notes taking. This will help you to save the concept in your long term memory.

Thus, in a nutshell, Cornell method of notes taking is effective for digesting the key concepts and extracting the essence of the lecture, but the student should prudently prepare the lecture page before the lecture.

Charting method:

This method can be best for memorizing the facts and figures. It is life savior tools for the stats students. All the lecture content is arranged in the form of columns. Thus all the information can be recorded in the form of comparisons and differences.

This method is recommended for self-study mode when you are preparing for a quiz or exam. It will really aid you in quickly memorizing the content especially the statistical information. Charting method of notes taking requires time to vigilantly create columns for all the respective information, sorting and finding the information from the lecture content. So it is not the recommended style of notes taking during the class.

Boxing method:

This is relatively a new entry in the queue. Boxing method focusses on the box-wise separation of different lecture contents.

All the student has to is to divide the notebook page in different boxes each reserved for a separate section of the lecture. For instance, if you are taking a biochemistry lab, the experiment is about the oral glucose tolerance test then you can note the lab lecture by the boxing method. Allocate different boxes on the page for the apparatus used, methodology, results, instruments used and chemicals.

This is really helpful notes taking method which enables the section wise systematic study but it can take time to evaluate the whole lecture sense, lecture flow and relationship between different lecture contents while revision. So you can use this method for lectures having fixed parameters like the lab class lectures.

Mapping method:

If you really find it hard to understand the lecture flow and driving relationship among the heavy lecture contents during revision a week after the lecture, then the mapping method is surely for you.

This method of notes taking focusses on creating the flow sheet of the lecture. Just give your lecture a simple start by writing the main heading keep straying left to right for noting the subtopics. Make a free hand flow chart.

This method readily briefs heavy lectures. Not only it is visually appealing but also easy to learn and memorize things on fingertips.

Sentence method:

Sentence method is the primitive but yet an effective tool for notes taking. Note the lecture in simple sentences. Thus it not only saves time but you can focus more on the terminology used by the lecturer.

However, this is not the time-saving tool for revision purpose. The combination of the sentence method with other time saving and visually appealing methods can drive you towards better notes taking skill.