Are you among those students who will read, read, and read ; or study for eight stretch hours and nothing to show for it. You get to exam hall and discover you could not remember anything. Oh! I see, you have concluded that your memory isn’t good enough, or maybe you don’t know how to learn fast.
Yeah you are right! Some of us used to think like that. But the truth is there is no such thing as a “bad memory”, and everyone can improve their memory, as long as you are not suffering from memory loss as a medical condition.
It is easy to master and memorize anything you want all you need is to figure out the type of memory you have and the learning skills that work for you perfect. As individuals differs in outlook, character – so do they differs in learning skills. Haven’t you noticed it that it is not everyone that love studying in the night or are you not aware that scientist proves that night is not the best time to study.
To memorize fast or to improve your learning skill you need to understand the kind of learning group you fall in the learning system. I will discuss the three major learning system and you be able to figure where you fall in. However before that, understand that learning fast requires you to:
- Have a Positive Mindset: Stop thinking that you have a “bad memory.” Convince yourself that you do have a good memory that will improve. Stop seeing others as having better memory than yours, stop thinking you are only good with reading (English, related objectives) and never with math or quantitative.
- Have an organized life: An organized life leads to organized memory, if you hardly remember where you keep your notes, documents, wrist watch and others items how would you remember, what you just learned. Improved organization can help free up your powers of concentration so that you can remember less routine things.
Why not set a routine for everything you are doing. Decides to keep all your note in one place, your pen, bangles and others in specific location that way you will be more organized. Plan your activities afore hand.
- Have a Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a key to developing an improved memory. Get enough sleep. Sleeping improves your neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to grow – which enhances the brain’s ability to control behavior and memory. The amount of sleep we get affects the brain’s ability to recall recently learned information according to study carried in Harvard university .
Exercise regularly: Study has shown that regular aerobic exercise improves circulation and efficiency throughout the body including the brain and can help ward off the memory loss that comes with aging. It is also argued that exercise makes you to be more alert, improving your picture – mental memory.
Mind your eating habit: Understand that eating heavy meal before reading is more like a waste of time, because your body will surely send signal to your brain that this body needs rest – then comes sleep. Also never try to read on an empty stomach except where you don’t have choice. Try taking light meal, snacks or even fruit to reduce the urge for food.
Three Kinds of Learners With Different Learning Skills
- Visual Learners: These are group of people that visualize things faster with their mind power and object like information seek in the head faster than others. You fall in this group if:
- You visualize things as you learn them, you picture the whole situation as if you were there when it happened.
- Information on pictures, charts, or diagrams is much easier to remember than the same information presented to you verbally.
- You remember pictorial information faster than verbal, audible ones, you understand better when you read than when you listen to same.
- You’re able to read and understand people by their body language, knowing what they’re really thinking, even as they say something else, and very much aware of your environment.
Tips For Effective Learning – Visual Learner
Stay away from distraction: Always stay away from fun catching object, no TV, Group of people, Cinemas, always look out for quiet environment. If possible live outside the school hostel. When studying in the library, face the wall as the last person in the library to be sure you are not seeing people entering and leaving the library.
Highlight the keyword when reading: This technique work perfectly well for my friend. When he is reading he highlight every key word with his pen and ensure they stick in his head. During exam time he scan his note with those keyword. It work perfectly well for him.
Try chewing gum during mathematics. It is one of the secrets of mastering and solving any math problem. It works really well to improve function in the Hippocampus, an area in your brain directly related to memory
Draft out your own study note: Developing your own note from your lecturer materials help you to read fast and understand with speed. As you are preparing that note you are getting used to it. So it gives you opportunity to say it in your own language and style.
Move around. Pace around the room while studying and repeating the information to yourself. By walking around, you will use both your right and left brain and will memorize the material much easier.
Highlight your points with arrow or image: Just represent all your point with visual object that will help you remember so fast. For instance, let say one of your point is “improved memory leads to happiness, you can simply draw sketch image of a happy person close to the point.
- Auditory Learners: These is a class of people who perform better by hearing things, and can retain information that comes to them orally, you’re. You fall in this group if:
- You have musical talents, and the ability to hear tones, rhythms, and individual notes in a chord or an ensemble setting.
- You easily remember verbal information that you hear either in conversations or during your lecture hours.
- You have a well-developed vocabulary, an appreciation for words, and strong language skills, picking up new languages relatively easily.
- You’re a good speaker, and can carry on interesting conversations, articulating your ideas clearly.
Tips for effective Learning – Auditory Learners
- Pay attention in class and during conversations: This kind of individuals learn fast when listening to the wordings and audio. You must always be in the class and avoid any form of distraction while in the lecture room.
- Record some of your lecture note: Start by recording some of your lecture note, listen to it and see how you perform on it after some self test. If you learn better then stick to it and take advantage of same. Just take your note read them aloud and record it as you read out, play it often so you get used to it.
Also try taping lectures to help you both fill in the gaps in your notes, and to hear the information presented again. Listening to it a second or third time can often be enough to cause the information to stick without much more effort. This is a practical skill in making first class in the university.
- Take advantage of repetition: Use verbal and listening repetition to help you remember the order of things. Take sentence by sentence and try repeating them one at a time until you’re able to say them without the paper.
Repeat this process until you no longer need your note to answer basic question without your note. Practice this step time with time then until you are good to go.
- Take a short break walk . It’s important to keep your mind fresh, so once you think you have something roughly memorized, take a 20- to 30-minute break. Do something that makes you feel relaxed and happy, like playing game, watching jokes, anything to relax your brain.
Memorize your favorite song or poem until you can say it to yourself without any help. Try to do this often
- Analytical Learner: This group belong to individuals who learn faster by acting. They learn faster with demonstration/practice. They are often more mathematically inclined than the other two type of learners. You fall in this group if:
- You learn best when you are hands-on––moving, doing, and touching help make the information real to you.
- You love demonstrating .our view with body movements.
- You remember events by what happened, but not necessarily what was said or seen.
- You tend to be adventurous and easily distracted, finding it hard to stay put for long periods.
- You don’t like sitting in classrooms when there are things you could do that would teach you more. Or you hardly stay two hours reading but can stay a whole day practicing something.
Tips for effective Learning – Analytical Learners
Practice and learn: Try writing what you learn as you are learning it, if you are reading on how to design web, try every step you learn practically that way the process will stick into your head. Always do a self practice test in the process of learning.
Be creative: Act out or pretend to be the object, trying to mimic every detail of the object. Try using your hand to read, figure out other approaches to what you are reading. If you discover other steps – ask yourself if your own point relates to the others one
Break down objects: For instance, if you want to memorize list a phone number. 123446332067 you can break this number down into 1234-4633-2067. This way it becomes very easier to memorize the number than it original state.
You can use acronyms: This one work very well for me while in the university. What I normally do is to take each point keyword first alphabet and make word from them. Let say you have four points why university education is good. Take the first alphabet of each point keyword and thereafter make word at of all of them.
NB: Memorizing is not cramming: I emphasize this point in my previous article Secret of fast learning. Cramming only works to put information in your short-term memory. You may remember the information for your exam the next day, but you will barely recall the unit when it’s time to take the final.
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