To do well in school, you need to know how to use your memory well.
Of course, memory is no substitute for understanding.
You’ll need to understand the topics you’re studying, if not you won’t be able to perform well on tests and exams.
But there are many techniques that will help you to memorise more of what you study.
Here are 23 of the best memory techniques for students.
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The human brain processes images faster than words.
In fact, 90% of the information that our brains process is visual. We also process visual information 60,000 times faster than words.
So it’s no surprise that we remember images better than words.
That’s why turning words or equations into images is an effective memorisation technique.
Take a fact that you want to remember and convert it into an image. But not just any image – try to make the image funny or exaggerated.
The more ridiculous the image, the easier it will be to remember.
For example, to remember that cations are positively charged ions and anions are negatively charged ions, you could…
- Imagine a cat, and think about the fact that cats have paws. “Paws” reminds you of “positive”, so cations are positively charged.
- “Anion” kind of sounds like “onion”, and onions can make you cry. Crying is generally considered to be a negative event, so anions are negatively charged.
Here’s another example.
Let’s say that you want to remember that Neil Armstrong was the first human to step on the moon.
You could imagine a man walking on the moon with a nail (“nail” sounds like “Neil”) in his muscular arm (to remind you of the word “Armstrong”).