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Study Skills You Can Use To Remember More

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By    |   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 12:24 PM

Studying for exams can be stressful, especially when your memory can only retain a certain amount of information. There are many study techniques to better improve your memory's capacity to store material.

Here are some study skills that can help you remember things more effectively:

1. Speak aloud instead of simply reading, you'll be surprised with how much more you can remember when saying things out loud.

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2. Tape record lectures so you can fill in the gaps in your notes and hear the information presented again. Listening to a lecture a second or third time can often be enough to cause the information to stick without much more effort.

3. Teach a willing friend what you are trying to learn and have him or her test you on it. When you teach others, you memorize what you taught them a little better.

4. Use mnemonic devices, which aid the memory by using rhymes, rules, phrases, diagrams or acronyms to translate information into a form the brain can retain better than its original form. For example, an acronym-based mnemonic device used by musicians involves remembering the bass clef lines — which are GBDFA — by attaching the phrase "good boys do fine always."

5. Place a post-it note or index card containing the information you're trying to learn on a location you frequently visit, such as your bedroom door. Read it every time you pass by.

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6. Integrate a reward system into your study habits, such as giving yourself a treat when you've reached a certain point in your studies.

7. Pace around the room while studying and repeating the information to yourself. By walking around, you will use both your right brain and left brain and will memorize the material much easier.

8. Take a walk prior to an exam. It's been proven that exercise can boost your memory and brain power.

9. Use this technique which involves verbal and listening repetition to remember the order of things: 1. Read the first object. 2. Say it without looking at the paper. 3. Read the first and second objects. 4. Repeat them both aloud until you can say them without looking at the paper; 5. Read the first, second and third objects; 6. Say them aloud until you're able to remember them without looking at the paper; 7. Repeat this process until you can say all the objects without the paper. 8. Once you're at the end of the list, repeat the list without reading it three times. If you can’t do it all three times, start over.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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