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Improve Your Memory to Reduce Study Time

Studying college exams started as a huge challenge for me. Back when I was in college, I was bad at subjects that were heavy on reading such as economics, history, and law. I searched high and low for techniques that would help reduce my studying time and allow me to pass these exams quickly.

As I was searching for ways to help reduce my exam preparation time, I learned that having a great memory would improve my learning experience tremendously. Here is one of the major tips I found for improving memory; it takes time and work. Just like implementing a new diet plan or starting a new workout routine, you have to set aside specific amounts of time to work on your memory.

It is not always easy; people learn differently and they remember things differently. It is helpful to use the analogy of a computer. Its memory can become fragmented and scattered and so can our memory. The only difference is when we catalog memories we file them in our own unique fashion.

So, how do you train yourself to remember more effectively?

I did some quick research on this question through a brief search engine query. There are numerous results and take some time to sift through, but these tips are readily available. My conclusion after sifting through all the available results is that all of these memory improvement tips stem from the three basic stages of memory formation: acquisition, consolidation, and retrieval.

Let us just say you acquired some new information from a documentary film because you were interested in the topic (interest and focus are very important to committing something to memory). This is the first stage of memory formation, which is the acquisition.

Then, you move to the consolidation stage where you consolidate this new information with similar memories. For example, you knew some basic information about the topic at hand, but the documentary provides accentuating pieces of knowledge. You let those fall into place and connect with what you already know about the topic.

Then there is the third stage, which is retrieval. This is pretty self-explanatory. The retrieval stage is where tips for improving your memory come to fruition.

Generally speaking, most of the tips for improving memory fall under the common sense rules. For example, if you pay closer attention to something, then your mind will focus on it and you will automatically commit more of it to memory. This holds true if you take a hands-on approach to learning a topic and involve as many of your senses as possible. I personally, like the hands on approach to learning because the more senses you involve the more likely you are to retain the knowledge.

Besides that, being more organized helps you improve your memory as well. The simple act of writing something down requires you to focus your mind on the act of writing, the piece of information being written, and you are including more than one sense into committing the information to memory.

There are also mnemonic devices that can be helpful with committing things to memory. These tips for improving memory include acronyms, rhymes, and visual images. These are all helpful assortments of techniques.

I found these tips for improving memory to be very useful when I was a college student studying for my exams. Having a better memory helped me remember the exam concepts quickly and accurately.


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