With tests and exams around the corner, finding effective study methods is a must! Take a look at our 10 study hacks to
improve your memory.
1. Speak out loud
Speaking out loud while you study has been proven to help you remember things for longer. Next time when preparing
for your test or exam, read your notes out loud instead of simply reading them. Just don't try this in the library.
2. Share what you have learnt
The best way to really test that you understand something, is to teach it to someone else. Find a willing study partner to
share what you have learnt to assess your understanding.
3. Take a walk
It's a fact, exercise boosts your memory and brain power. According to research from the University of Illinois, 20 minutes
of exercise before a mentally challenging exercise such as a test or exam can boost mental performance.
4. Reward yourself
Create a reward system for yourself that encourages you to perform at your optimum. Buy yourself flowers, or plan a day
with friends to unwind and relax after studying for that exam.
5. Draw diagrams
Drawing diagrams helps you "see" information that may be difficult to remember. This type of visualisation can be
remembered during a test.
6. Create mental associations
Making connections is not only an effective method of remembering information, but it drives intelligence and creativity.
Mind maps are effective in creating links in your mind.
7. Create flash cards
Test your knowledge with the use of flash cards. "Spaced repetition" allows you to test yourself at different times and
intervals on the same material to help retain it.
8. Take regular breaks
Taking regular breaks helps your brain absorb more information. It also allows you to stay motivated and focused while working.
Take breaks after 45 minutes of study as your focus and concentration will fail you if you try and study for longer periods without
taking a break.
9. Change your study location
While many of us are creatures of habit it is important to add some variety from time to time. Change the places you study to aid
10. Practice makes perfect
Use past papers to prepare your brain to retrieve information. Create realistic exam-like conditions to test your understanding.
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Written by Karabo Keepile