- Review what you learned immediately after class. Try to recall on a separate piece of paper as much as you can about the class (without looking at your notes). Then review your actual notes to confirm/supplement your memory. DID YOU KNOW: This will help to reinforce the information for quicker recall in the future.
- Study for short periods and then take a small break . DID YOU KNOW: Research shows that studying for more than 2 hours at a time causes your brain to shut down and any studying after that time is a waste. Use the 30-3-2 schedule: study for 30 minutes, take a 3-minute break to think of other things, take 2 minutes when you return to the books to mentally review what you had been studying!
- Reward yourself when your two hours is up - whether it is thirty minutes of television or reading for fun, buying yourself a little treat or going to exercise, you need to reward yourself for completing this great task!
- Create a regular study space which is as quiet and comfortable as possible and has access to everything you need for studying - get rid of any clutter not related to your current project. DID YOU KNOW: Studying in a soft chair or bed may not be the best strategy; Libraries, study lounges, or private rooms are ideal.
- Study groups are great if your group can stay focused on the task. DID YOU KNOW: Always allow some time to study alone to ensure that what you need to know is really sinking in.
- Study THROUGHOUT the semester - Cramming does not work and does not help you remember information - it only commits the information to your short-term memory.
Keys to remembering:
- The best way to remember information is to memorize from general to specific - study the big picture, then learn the details.
- Be interested and pay attention; visualize in your mind what you wish to remember; relate and form associations between the new ideas and information that you already know; repeat the information IN YOUR OWN WORDS over and over.
- Flash cards work for many students - write "fill in the blank" statements on the front of index cards and answers on the back.
- Make mental images of your notes (called mapping). Picture what your notes look like and where the information is on the page.
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