If you're anything like me, a student, then you're probably wondering how to memorize things faster and easier. We're given so much information and we sometimes get overwhelmed with the amount of information we have to memorize. So, I hope these tips will help you!
Before anything else, let's be productive together
1. Meditate/Brain Dump
Meditating is beneficial as it clears your mind, giving you a somewhat clean slate before dumping your brain with information. You can listen to some calming ocean waves or rain music on Youtube, or you can download an app to help you do so.
If you're like me who can't for the life of sweet baby Jesus sit still for even just five minutes not thinking of anything, then brain dumping is your friend. Basically, all you do is take a piece of paper and a pen, then start dumping your thoughts. I usually just write without a structure. My weird train of thought sometimes gives me insight on what I'm actually worrying about. I would write and write and write, then I realize that I'm actually not worried about tests, I'm actually worried about how infinitesimal I feel and that death is inevitable but for the time being, I'm just an anxious student taking tests.
2. Learn to Identify Parts
When you're given a very bulky, wordy material to memorize, you need to understand that you don't have to memorize everything word for word. Instead, you should identify the major parts and memorize that first, the rest of the paragraph will just flow to you easily then.
Remember to not highlight everything, just the topic sentences for each paragraph!
3. Create Word Associations
Something I learned from my Christian Living Education teacher was to always sing the names of books of the Hebrew Scriptures to tunes of children's songs. My Math teacher taught us was to remember King Henry Died Drinking Chocolate Milk. The first letters of the words correspond to the metric system chart. You can also create your own acronyms and wordplays to memorize faster. But if you're anything like me, you can look up examples of it on the internet.
4. Write Things Down (Repeatedly)
From grade school to high school, I used to write then rewrite things down over and over again until I memorized it. There are studies that show that writing down what you have to memorize helps and it having a visual aid does as well. You can draw flow charts to make it easier and you can rewrite it. I found it to be always helpful because the more I read or write down something, the more it's imprinted in my mind.
5. Use Flashcards
In grades 4 to 6, our Math teacher would start his class every day the same way, giving us drills. We had separate drill notebooks number from 1 to 40, and he would take out his flashcards and we had to answer them depending on the speed in which he chose to. Sometimes, he would do it slowly, then all of a sudden, he would switch it really fast. That's how we all learned the cube of 9 or the square of 17.
If you don't have a buddy to do practice drills with, there are app like Cram or Brainscape. I would personally recommend this method as it really did help me bigtime.
6. Eat "Brain Foods"
There's no magical pill to make you super smart and be able to process a gazillion information in one go (there is actually, but we're only here to talk about legal ways). There are foods though that not only give you energy and nutrients, but also improve your memory and help you handle stress. (Also, I love to eat so I'm really just finding excuses to insert this here.)
I'll enumerate some brain foods and why they're helpful:
1. Mint - it's rich in both vitamins A and C which help increase learning skills and protect cognitive decline respectively
2. Seeds - sunflowers seeds contain nutrients that boost your mood and combat depression
3. Nuts - i love munching on peanuts before exams and they have nutrients that increase brain power and protect the brain from free radicals which lead to dementia later on in life
4. Coconut Oil - it contains nutrients that are important for heart health which in turn are important for neurohealth
There are much more brain foods out there, but these are just my favorites. Junk foods while studying is tempting, believe you me, but we should also eat foods that would benefit us, not just for the exams, but in the long run.
7. Take a Chill Pill
When you have so little time yet still have so much to memorize, you may find yourself overwhelmed and exhausted. This is by far my favorite tip. Taking frequent brains so as not to oversaturate your brain with information is integral. Studying for a test is the same as training for a marathon or a big game. When you overwork your muscles, you become too sore or even go as far as getting injured. Your brain needs to take breaks, so don't feel guilty when you do. Just make sure that you actually go back to memorizing when you're done chillin'.
I hope this is helpful to you, guys. I wish you nothing but perfect marks on your exams and classes. Godspeed! xx
Lyka Yorac (author) from Ph on May 27, 2020:
i appreciate the comments you put down here and i really do hope you guys have a great day and stay healthy and safe at this current situtation
Indro Neel from India on May 27, 2020:
Very nicely written, and apt GIFs!
Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on May 27, 2020:
Wow a great article!!! thank you so much.
I have to face the most important exam in my life after two months.