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How To Study And Not Forget

How To Study And Not Forget – Do you study for hours and end up forgetting all you have studied?

Do you spend time reading and go blank in the exam hall?

Some students are afraid of that. Some students even lose interest in studying as they forget what they have studied. Research has shown that everything lies in the ability of your memory to remember and recall information.

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Your memory should be able to recall what you hear, see and read. It’s more of working on the ability of your memory to store and remember information. It is about how you read mot really what you read. So do not be disappointed when you read and forget because you have seen this article just in time.

Why do you study and forget?

Well, this article is here to answer that question and give you tips on how to study and remember what you have studied and also do well in your exam. The one reason students forget what they read is that they didn’t prepare themselves properly.

Like we said earlier, it is not about what you study but how you study. Your study strategies from getting motivation to study and to actually studying the material influences your ability to recall what you have digested. Remembering what you have studied involves repetition so as to move the information from short memory to long memory where it becomes part of you.

In this article, we will be revealing some memory improvement tips to help boost the ability of your memory to remember information. For your memory to remember information, it must first store that information.

Always remind yourself that your brain has the ability to store and remember what you study; this is the first step to working on your memory. In order to give you vast information on how to study and remember what you have studied, we have divided this article into two parts.

  • Why we study and forget
  • How to remember what we study

So let’s get started…

WHY DO WE FORGT WHAT WE STUDY

There are some reasons students are unable to remember what they study or go blank in the exam hall. Understanding why you forget what you have studied will help you work on how you can study and remember what you have studied. Always see studying as a part of you and make it a habit.

Remember that your brain has the ability to do more than you can imagine if only you allow it to.

Let’s look at the reasons we forget what we have studied…

  • Not paying full attention to what you are studying

This is a major reason people forget they have studied. When reading, you are expected to give what you are reading your undivided attention. This will surely help you recall what you are studying.

You forget because you don’t give what you study enough attention maybe because of lack of motivation to study or lack of interest in what you are studying. Your ability to remember what you are studying lies in the attention and focus you give to what you are studying.

  • Distractions from other activities

When studying, distractions can hinder your ability to remember what you are studying. Distractions from other activities can cause you to forget what you have studied.

Many students get distracted by their thoughts, other activities and even the environment where they are studying. This is why we always advise that students should find the best place to study as this influence their ability to concentrate and assimilate information.

When reading in a quiet and serene environment, the information can easily be assimilated as you concentrate fully on what you are reading. Also when reading in a noisy environment, too many distractions will make you loose concentration on what you are reading or studying.

  • Taking too much information at a time

The brain is capable of absorbing information but taking in too much information can make your forget what you have studied.

Breaking what you are studying into bits or smaller parts will help you to assimilate and absorb information easier and faster and it will also help you remember what you are studying.

You get tired when you try to study at a stretch and absorb too much information all at once.

  • Having a negative attitude towards what you are studying

The truth is that you cannot study what you don’t like and expect the information to sink in. Having a negative attitude towards what you are studying will definitely make you forget what you are studying because you will not concentrate fully and you will also get easily distracted because of lack of motivation and interest.

This is why we always advise that students develop a positive attitude towards what they are studying irrespective of the subject as it will motivate them to study and help them concentrate fully on the material they are studying.

  • Not asking questions when you don’t understand

When you don’t understand what the teacher is saying and you don’t ask questions to clarify yourself, you will find it difficult to comprehend what you read.

Asking questions in class will help you get a better understanding on the subject or topic and also help you when studying. This has a way of making you remember what you have studied because you remember yourself asking questions on that particular topic; you start remembering things about that topic and also vital information.

  • Not revising what you have read

When you read, it is very important you revise what you have read. Many students even study or read a particular topic 2-3 times to help them remember what they are studying.

When you don’t revise what you have studied, you are likely to forget some information. So revising helps you to retain information and transfer information from the short memory to the long memory.

  • Reading just to remember instead of to understand

It funny right that when you read to remember, you actually forget what you have read. Well, it is true. When you read to remember, you are only cramming the information and giving the brain too much information can exhaust the brain and make what you are reading boring and uninteresting.

 Reading to understand helps you to retain and recall what you have read because you make connections and relationships when you study to understand. You try to understand why things are the way they are and even try to be creative and think creatively.

  • Lack of good rest and sleep

Getting enough sleep will help your brain to be recharged and ready to assimilate information. Most people advise that students should sleep for 8-10hours to help reenergize and recharge their brain. Not getting enough rest or sleep will leave you tired an unable to study.

HOW TO REMEMBER WHAT WE STUDY

We have looked at the reason students forget what they have studied and now, we will be revealing some tips to help you in studying so that you can remember what you are studying and do well academically.

Like we have always said that no one is a dull student; it only takes determination, proper time management, discipline and enthusiasm to up your grades and become a sound student.

So let’s dive into how to make you study and remember what you study.

  • Have a positive attitude towards what you are studying

Like we said earlier that you cannot study what you do not have interest in and expect to assimilate and remember the information in the material. You will definitely lack motivation to study and this will make you concentrate less and get easily distracted.

For you to be able to remember what you have studied or what you are studying, study with a positive mindset and attitude. Do not limit the ability for your brain to hold and recall information. Even if you are studying your worst subject; you still have to have a positive attitude if you want to remember what you are studying.

You cannot love to read all the subjects you are offering but you can actually do well in the subject you feel is difficult only if you approach it with a positive attitude.

  • Try to understand the foundation or basics or what you are reading

When you want to remember what you are studying, first go through the basics of what you want to study. This will help you understand what you want to read and bring out some key points you have to remember.

Understand the basics of what you are studying and you will understand what you are studying and this understanding will help you remember what you have studied. Knowing and understanding of the basics of a subject is the first step to knowing and understanding that subject.

  • Skim through what you want to read

This is one thing you should do before you start studying. You have to preview what you are about to study. This will help you know what you want to study and understand it better.

Look through pages and chapter to see the number of chapters and pages. This will help you know how to arrange and prepare your study session so as not to try taking all the information all at once.

When skimming, you have not actually started your study session; you are only preparing yourself on how to study and to know the information in what you want to study.

  • Break down what you want to study into smaller parts

If you have never tried breaking what you want to study into smaller parts or breaking your study session into different parts; then you should try doing that. It will help make studying easier and interesting.

You don’t have to gulp in all the information at once. Break your study session and study material into smaller parts.

  • Use time properly

Time management is an important skill for all students. Managing your time properly has a way of influencing your study schedule and the time you allocate for studying.

When you set time to study, that is, you prepare your study schedule, make sure you stick to the time and do not procrastinate or postpone your studying. This might make you start studying with haste or wanting to cram the information in the material.

When you manage your time properly, you will see yourself studying before exams and this will help you prepare well for your exams as you would have time to revise what you have read as this helps to retain and recall information. Proper time management makes you see studying as part of you; it becomes a habit.

  • Give what you are studying full attention

Like we said earlier that you should have a positive attitude towards studying; for you to remember what you are studying, you have to give what you are studying your undivided attention.

Focusing yourself and mind on what you are studying will influence your ability to remember in a positive way. The mind and the brain work together and so when the mind is focused on what you are studying, the brain does well to assimilate the information easily and retain it as well.

  • Avoid distractions

Concentrating on what you are studying means you are going to do well to avoid distractions. One important way of getting rid of distractions is to find the best place to study with little or no distractions.

The distractions can come in form of noise, thoughts or electronic device (phones and computers). You have to look for a quiet environment to study; it could be the library or an empty classroom. You should also put your phone and other electronic devices away so that you can concentrate on what you are reading.

Train your mind to wade off distracting thoughts and concentrate on what you are studying. Work on your ability to concentrate so as to get rid of distractions. This will help you remember what you are reading.

  • Avoid multitasking

Many people claim that multitasking is good but the truth is multitasking reduces your efficiency, productivity and uniqueness. You have to avoid multitasking and perform your activities one after the other.

Multitasking leads to distractions and distractions will make you not to remember what you are studying as your mind is not focused.

Try to finish a particular task before moving to another. If you are studying, devote your time and attention to studying at the moment and after that, you can do any other thing. This will help conserve your strength and put yourself, your mind and your brain in order.

  • Study the subject or material everyday

Studying every day will help you retain and recall information. You have to make studying a part of you; this will help you to always want to study. Never hesitate to study everyday if you want to remember what you study.

Set your study schedule in a way that you can study everyday at the same time each day. Studying everyday makes you het familiar with the material or subject and help you to know what you have studied.

Do you know that when you study a topic for the first time, you might not get enough information unlike when you study fir the second or third time? Studying and revising a topic will open you to new information you didn’t get the first time you studied or make you see what you already know in a different and better perspective.

  • Try to relate what you are studying with what you already know or real life situation

Do you know that studying and making connections will help you remember what are you are studying? For instance, you are studying about money and you see money as anything that you use as a means of payment, you are likely to never forget this information or definition as you have understood that without money, you cannot but goods and services.

So when studying and you do not want to forget what you have studied, try to create a link or relationship of what you are studying and what you know.

  • Do not cram; study to understand

Many students see cramming as a fast way of learning and crown it good. Well the truth is when you cram, you just want to remember the information for a short time either for your exam or test but the irony of this is that you might end up forgetting what you read.

Let’s explain better; when you cram, you are careful not to engage in any activity that might destabilize you or disrupt the information you have absorbed. You are at the risk of mixing up the information you have crammed or get confused because the information didn’t sink into the long memory for retention but stayed in the short memory.

Always study to understand what you are studying and when you understand what you are studying, you will definitely remember that information anytime and any day.

  • Ask questions when you don’t understand

When you don’t understand what you are studying or what the teacher says in class, do not hesitate to ask questions. This will help you understand the topic better and clarify you on important information.

Ask open-ended questions that will prompt the teacher to explain better and clearer. This will help you remember what the teacher is saying during you study session and help you study better.

  • Write down what you have read in your own words

This works like magic. Writing down what you have studied in your own words will help you understand what you have studied and also help you recall what you have studied 

Doing this shows you understand what you have read and you will definitely recall what you have read because you wrote it down. The brain works with

  • What you say
  • What you see
  • What you write
  • What you listen to

So writing down what you have read helps you remember in your own words and understanding.

  • Read with friends

Reading with friends will help you understand what you are reading better. When reading with friends or study group, you share ideas, opinions and discuss what you understand from a topic or subject and this will help you understand the subject even more and even remember what you are reading.

Challenge yourselves to study a topic and discuss among yourselves. This has a positive effect on your ability to understand the topic or subject, remember what you have studied and make studying the subject interesting and fun. This is a good way to study easily and learn faster.

  • Teach others what you have learnt

Teaching others what you have learnt will help you understand what you have studied better and make what you have learnt stick with you and become part of you. When you teach others what you have learnt, you get to learn new things you didn’t learn while studying and also get to see old things from a different and better perspective. When teaching others, you are also learning and gaining more knowledge.

  • Read out key information loud and use  mnemonics

When reading, try to read out key information loud as it will help you remember what you are studying or have studied.

Do you know how and why reading aloud in some cases will help you remember? When you read key points or information out loud, you get to see and hear what you are reading compared to when you read silently where you only see what you are reading. Focus on the key information and read them out.

You can also use mnemonics to help commit what you have read to memory. It could be using the first letters of the key points you read. For example, you can remember the characteristics of living things with the acronym MR NIGER D (Movement, Respiration, Nutrition, Irritability, Growth, Excretion, Reproduction and Death).

  • Get enough rest and a good sleep

Having a good night rest has a way of boosting your brain power and motivating you to read especially studying when you wake from sleep. At this point, the brain is rested, fresh and recharged to assimilate any information.

If you deprive yourself sleep when you feel sleepy, you see studying as a duty and burdensome task. Sleeping doesn’t mean you won’t study, it is a way to prepare your mind and brain to study.

You can even take breaks when you study especially when you break down your study session into parts. This will help you recharge and learn better. Don’t force information when you feel tired.

  • Evaluate yourself after studying

After studying, solve some exercises or problems from what you have read. You can also set quiz for yourself on questions that are likely to come out in your exam. It is a way of evaluating yourself on your ability to understand and also ability to remember.

Train yourself to work with past questions and set time to answer the questions; it will help you keep to time and prepare for exam or test.

Another important thing is learning from mistakes. It could be questions you failed during the previous exam or the ones you failed from the questions you set for yourself. Do well to learn from your mistakes and see why you failed. It will help you understand better and remember that particular question or any related question.

  • Eat healthy food that energizes your mind

Some people do not love to eat while studying but some research has proven that eating some snacks during your study session can help you stay motivated and also focused.

You can eat popcorn, chocolate, carrots, fruits or even drink juice or yogurt. You can do this at your study breaks if you feel it will distract you if you take it while studying. This will help make your study session interesting and keep you motivated.

It will also help to energize and recharge the mind and brain. Eating healthy food will help you keep your brain active.

ENDING NOTE

Don’t get disappointed when you study and end up not remembering what you have studied, this article is for you. Do well to read this article and make use to the tips we have highlighted as they will help you prepare yourself and show you how to read and never forget what you have reading.

Always read to understand, find meaning and sense in what you read and do not read for the sake of reading except you are reading a novel. Studying is fun and should become part of you as a student that wants to excel in his or her academics.

We hope to see you do well academically.

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