Building a memory and storing them have three different stages – the sensory, the short-term memory and the long-term memory (LTM) – this where most of your memories are filtered. Now, the goal for every student to pass their every exam is to maximize their retention capabilities and minimize every loss of important information at school. If you are a student and having problems with your study, below are research-tested ways in improving your memory:
- Create memory by paying attention
There are several times that when a student pays attention to their teachers, no matter how hard the subject is, by being attentive, you are able to build memory. The brain will send signals in a particular pattern in association with your experience; thus, will create a connection between the neurons called synapses. In other words, having a strong attention to a particular scenario can create a stronger memory. Shorter memory, on the other hand, is the events that your brain is capable of remembering but not that strong; thus, leaving you a vague memory about a situation.
- Organize and or consolidate all the information
This is what most people know as “studying”. No matter how much you are able to understand your instructor’s discussion, if you do not try to study them, the memory will fall right out of your head. Trying to consolidate all the information by organizing them is a process where your long-term memory is involved. By doing so, all the information you needed is all ready to be recalled.
Studying in a University means a lot of studying so that all information are well stored at your long-term memory system and ready to be recalled whenever situation it is needed. Now, to get better grades in college resource try to maintain a good study habit.
- Recalling the memory by repeating it verbally or drawing it out through notes.
A repeated process of studying will strengthen the memory over time. Thus it is much easier to recall it anytime. The process of retaining the memory may differ to every individual for several various reasons. While some people try to retain their memory by repeating it verbally, others were drawing them out with the use of pen and paper. Each time that the person tries to retain and recall the memory according to their retaining strategy will then create a simple and same pattern inside the brain’s activity, making it for an individual to recall faster.
- Try relaxing your brains once in a while
There is no better functioning brain to a brain that is able to relax once in a while. For instance, try listening and learning musical instruments. Researchers have proven that by simply listening to music lets your brain feel relaxed and so enhances your memory. Also, some researchers have found that by listening and try memorizing the lyrics lowers the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
- Lastly, never cheat
No matter how hard your subject is, always accept failure. Failure is the best teacher and so by accepting your failure, your brain tries to make amends with it and recalls things that will avoid them doing the same mistake over again.