4 effective methods to improve a student’s memory

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In this country where education is of utmost importance, many parents are sending their kids to many workshops, tuition and extra lessons to improve on their results. Academically, there’s plenty of theories and notes that students will have to memorise. Failure to do so will result in… well, disaster?

Memory work is so important in studies that it cannot be overlooked. But how can good memory be inculcated or even trained? Below are some suggestions that students can use and as parents can guide your child on.

1. Identifying your memory type.

Basically, there are 4 different study types which vary from student to student.

The first, Visual Memory – Memory based on looking at the item, aka Photographic Memory. This type of students remember things in image form, meaning you actually see your notes when you try to remember them and memorise best by looking at it for a period of time.

The Second, Audio Memory – How many of you can listen to a song a few times and be able to sing it out loud as if you’ve memorised the lyrics at your fingertips? These people are those that benefit most if they listen to their teachers or lecturers in class, the typical “I Never Study!” and still can remember what’s taught in lessons type of student if they do pay any attention at all.

The Third, Audio-Visual Memory, basically a fusion of the 2 above.

The last, Kinesthetic Memory. Layman term: Hands On. These people memorise best if they copy the whole textbook into their notebook… Talk about hardworking.

2. Applying the best method for your memory type.

Take time to use the best method to benefit your memory type. For example, if you’re a visual student, then it’s best to draw pictures to link to the thing you’re memorising. For step-by-step notes, try to form a word based on the first letters of the steps. i.e Be Happy, Eat Well, Argument, Research – these 4 words can be cut into their first letters to form: B.E.A.R. So you memorise the word Bear and the points pop up automatically, it’s easier to remember. Try it!

For Audio Learners, listening in class would help, otherwise, when you’re memorising something, read it out loud.

3. Taking a 20 minutes break for a 1-hour memory study.

More commonly known as Power Nap. Have enough discipline to wake up and continue, though!

The 20-minute break will boost your alertness and wake you up. Good enough to carry on memory work.

4. Getting rid of all distractions

It’s important to have attention and focus for memory work. As your brain only memorises 60% of the stuff you study, it’s important to let this 60% be as much to what you need to remember as possible. Which is why you revise on what you’ve memorised.

I must proclaim that I am no expert in memory work, all the above are personal suggestions based on how I studied for my O Levels, helped me achieve an A1 for Science and subsequently decent GPA of 3.7 and above for memory related subjects in Polytechnic.

All the best! Students!