[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e’ve all been faced with the challenge of memorizing information, whether it be for a test or for business or whatever else. But often times, we fall up short; our memory may not be the best it can be. How do we change that? There are several methods that are proven to increase not only memorization, but retention. All it takes is a little studying, some imagination, and a whole lot of effort.
But first, let’s talk about how memory works. Memory is possible to due the little area of your brain called the hippocampus. It aids in the production of new memory formation with the help of little signals called neurons. When enough of the neurons fire, the hippocampus picks up on them and begins to memorize it; eventually, you may come to learn it.
One of the easiest methods to learn and memorize information is the use of mnemonics. Mnemonics is defined as the assistance of the brain in learning information. By using connections about things you already know, you can make the information make sense in your brain. For example, if there were three words (“SPOON,” “PIG,” “DIG”) you could arrange them in an order that makes sense to you (for example, “the PIG DUG with a SPOON.”) Professor Dennis Congos from UCF explained that “students who use mnemonics scored 77% higher than those who did not.”
Putting effort into what you’re studying is also essential in learning information, psychologist Dr. Cade J. Resnick says. By going over the information and paying attention to what you’re studying, the message becomes much more apparent in your mind.
And although it’s tedious, re-writing your notes is highly effective in memorization. Studies show that students retain 60% more information by writing things down compared to just listening.
So in short, tools such as mnemonics, writing, and just putting effort into studying are phenomenal ways to help a student study. If you’re looking for ways to pass that final, give this article another read; it will help you remember.