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How to Improve Your Memory Power for Study

One of the qualities of a brilliant student is having a good memory power. Students need to learn and understand things as well as to retain that learning in their mind for long time. Only learning things may not be enough. A student should also retain this learning in his mind so that he can reproduce this learning in his exam to get higher marks. Memorizing what you have learnt is a part of preparation for exam. Being a student you should have a sketch of what you learnt in your mind for long time. Many students complain that they can learn things but they cannot retain it in their mind for longer time.

Some very useful tips are given below to enhance your memory for your studies:

  One time study is not enough – Revising Helps To Improve your Memory

Studying a lesson once is not enough to retain it in mind for months. You should revises your topics as many times as possible. It is a common habit of most of the students – they study a topic once and never revise it; and complain about forgetting the content soon. It is natural for human brain that the more you revise, the longer is it retained in your mind. A student needs to revise his subject (topics and chapters) again and again so they can retain it in their minds for long time.

  Write the main points while your learn – You may read it loud to retain it in your mind.

These are very helpful tips for students. Whenever you read a book to learn it, try to have a pen and paper with you to write down it important points at the same time. It really helps in retaining these points in your mind. Another way is also to read a bit louder while you study a book. When you listen your own words, it helps your retain it in your mind for longer.

  Associating an idea with other idea to retain it in mind for long time

According to the Psychological theories, we learn and remember things by associating them with other relevant things. It is true. Whenever you study from a book, try to associate each idea, you learn, with other relevant idea you have learnt before. This association helps retaining the ideas in your mind for long time. You may find it a bit difficult in the start but you will get used to it with the passage of time and will help you a lot.

  Build A Sketch of Group of Ideas in Your Mind – Make a story form for long process

When you learn things while studying, the best way to retain it in mind is to make an overall sketch of all the learning in your mind. After studying a topic, think like this topic has these specific ideas and you have to remember all of them making its image in your mind.

If you have to learn some very lengthy processes in your book (i.e some chemical cycle in environment) you should give it a story form, i.e this thing happened first, the other thing happened the next and so on. Giving a shape of story to such lengthy topics, in your mind, enables you memorize it easily. 

  Devise short abbreviations (or short sentence) for retaining long complicated ideas in mind

The books contain many formulae, equations and long processes divided in parts. These formulae and equations need to be memorized by a student in its real form. Students have to memorize them to answer the questions in their exams. It becomes difficult to remember many equations and formulae in their real form because it confuse them to remember elements of each formula or equation.

There is a very useful tactic to memorize them. The tactic is to make a short abbreviation (or sentence) for such formula or equation, the each alphabet of the abbreviation stands for each element of the formula or equation which needs to be memorized.

For instance a student of 10th grade is studying his book of Biology. He is studying a biological process in which cells divides to make more cells, called “Mitosis”. Mitosis consist of four stages to complete. 1st stage: Phrophase, 2nd stage:Metaphase, 3rd stage:Anaphase 4th stage:Telophase. The student has to memorize the names of each stage involved in the “Mitosis”. He makes an abbreviation for it i.e. PMAT. See all the alphabet of this abbreviation PMAT stands for name of each stage of Mitosis in it correct sequence.

  Practice Exercise that are designed to Improve your Memory

There are many exercise which enhance the overall function of brain i.e. meditation exercises, Yoga exercises, playing a game like chess which need more consumption of your brain to play them. And some exercise are specifically designed for enhancing the memory power, practice them. For example if you see a scenery on a wall which have many things in it. Then go to another room and try to recall the names of thing which were in that scenery and write these names on a paper. Doing such an exercise on regular basis will enhance your memory.

  Diet Rich in Nutrients good For Memory

Your intake should those nutrients which are essential for brain health. Include sea foods (i.e fish) in your daily intake; they have omega-3 fatty acid which is the best nutrient for brain. You should prefer to eat a lot fruits and vegetable daily because they have antioxidants like carotene, vitamin B, E. These antioxidants protect the brain cell and junctions of cells from damage. Try to skip foods having very high amount of fat and sugar contents.

  Have Good and Proper Bed Rest in the night

Human brain is constantly working all the day and therefore it should be given rest after particular period of time to relax it for further working. You should have proper and sufficient night rest to enhance your memory power.

  Taking Physical Exercise Daily Are Good For Improving Memory Power

Getting physical exercise speed up the circulation of blood in your body; hence it also enhances the blood circulation to your brain. The blood serves as a food for your brain. Try to get physical exercise for at least half an hour a day, it will enhance power of your memory.