MEMORY TRICKS TO ENHANCE YOUR BRAIN POWER!

The last stretch of SA2 is coming next week! Among the stress and hecticness, we thought that these memorization tips and tricks would be helpful for exam takers to power up on their memory before the final lap.

Not only does it help with memory work for facts and figures, but it also helps to decrease the chances of one of the most feared scenarios - the mind going blank during an exam!

MNEMONICS

Many students tend to underestimate the usefulness of mnemonics. Mnemonic is a method that transforms largeamount of information into an alternative form that is easier to remember. The list of facts would generally be in a certain order and it can be in the form of a song, acronym, image, or a phrase. A useful tip when thinking of mnemonics would be that the funnier or more absurd the mnemonics, the easier to remember!

For example,

The order of the planet can be remembered as:

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles

(Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)

Or

The order of the rainbow can be remembered as:

ROY G. BIV

(Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)

Or

To remember the value of pi:

May I have a large container of coffee?

(The number of letters in each word equals the numerals in pi = 3.1415927)

MAKE UP A STORY

 

Our memory performance tends to drop when we are memorizing large chunks of information, especially when the information is not related to each other or it is very dry. One tip would be to break the information into smaller parts and create a story to link all these parts together.  The story can be entirely imaginative and out of the world, but if it helps you to remember, then it is a good story!

WALK BEFORE AN EXAM

 

This has actually been researched on and the results point towards walking being able to boost memory and brain power! In the experiment, students taking the same exam were asked to either sit quietly or go for a 20 minutes walk. Surprisingly, those who went for a walk did better and brain imaging showed a higher amount of brain activity as well. Now you know what to do before an exam!

SPEAK OUT LOUD INSTEAD OF JUST READING 

 

Most students tend to read their textbooks silently and pray for the information to be stored in their memory. According to the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, almost 40% of the information that we have just learned get forgotten merely after 20 minutes. This is how scary it is. Thus, one way that students can do to help increase the rate of retention would be to verbalize the content out while they are studying. This also helps to keep them more alert and focused, instead of day-dreaming or dozing off!

CREATE MENTAL ASSOCIATIONS FROM DRAWING DIAGRAMS

There is a reason why mind maps are so popular and it is the fact that they do work! By drawing a mind map, you can make the connections between seemingly different concepts clearer. This also serves as a handy revision tool as you get a whole visual overview of the chapter just by looking at your mind map! Other than that, it is easier to memorize from a mind map as compared to the content in your textbook. Lastly, the retention would be higher as well because you would have a mini revision when doing up the mind map, so it is a win-win situation!

With these 5 tips and tricks, we hope that you will utilize them well for your upcoming exams! We here at KRTC wishes all the students the best of luck for the upcoming exams!

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