To rely on your own memory is to know how best to remember information, to apply the knowledge gained in practice, to achieve the goal. The more data a person is able to remember, the easier the process of learning, work becomes.
What’s the best way to remember information?
There are a few simple rules that allow you to develop your own memory:
- It is impossible to save absolutely all data. It is necessary to always put a deadline when they are no longer relevant. Consciousness activates if there is a top priority, attracting additional resources. This allows large amounts of memory to be mastered almost instantly.
- Try to allocate the right amount of time for mastering new material. The first half hour after waking up and before going to bed are considered the best. In the middle of the day, the brain receives too much data, so memorizing anything important during those hours is not recommended.
- Discussing and imparting information is not just an opportunity to share what you’ve learned, but to delve even deeper into the topic yourself. Simply memorized material is quickly forgotten, but reasoning allows you to connect logical thinking, better understand the essence and remember the data for a long time.
- Focus on the brightest and most interesting points, and use the rest of the data to describe this blog. If you remember what impressed you, the rest will pop up in your subconscious automatically.
The main thing is not to try to learn and memorize every word, definition, and paragraph. It is necessary to perceive the whole picture, not separately.
What is the best way to memorize information when reading before an exam?
Reading quickly and correctly is a sure way to do well on a test or exam:
- You don’t have to go back to what you’ve read and concentrate on a single paragraph. Only the gist is important. If dates, numbers, and not descriptions are important, memorize only that information. You don’t have to memorize the entire text.
- Visualize what you read, for example, with visual images and associations. You can relate numbers to your own birthdays, significant dates.
- Make a brief outline while reading. If it is complex material, full of terms, it is recommended to write down the retelling in simple words.
- Discuss and retell the information. It will be easy to remember what is the topic of discussion.
These simple tips are the answer to the question of how best to memorize information before taking an exam or test in any subject.
Important! Do not try to memorize everything thoroughly. If you remember everything in detail and the examiner suddenly stops you and asks you a question, your memory may fail – you will forget what was said earlier and will not be able to continue the story.
When is the brain best at remembering information?
The human brain is not capable of absorbing absolutely all the material you read or remembering every detail you see. It works “selectively,” but you can learn to create conditions that allow you to concentrate its resources in the right direction:
- Visual function is crucial. When reading, the brain does not “fold” the letters, but rather sees the text as a picture. A person has to quickly run through the pages with his eyes, not read every word. We remember better when we see, which is why many modern training programs use diagrams, charts, and pictures.
- A little knowledge “hidden” in a big one will never be forgotten. You should always make diagrams or lists, and then fit individual fragments into the big picture. Such notes should be kept in a prominent place, and unnoticed you will find that you have memorized everything.
- A rested brain remembers information correctly. An experiment was conducted. One group of participants was tested after 4 hours of sleep, and another group was tested after 12 hours. The latter showed a much better knowledge than the first. Another study clearly demonstrated that restricting sleep for the next 30 hours after learning new material nullifies all efforts.
- Alternating helps to remember data better and for longer periods of time. The experiment found that pictures in different styles were remembered better than one style.
To summarize, our brain works properly for memorization when a person gets good sleep, alternates audio, text, visual information, sees clearly the material being studied.
Ways and recommendations on how to memorize information better
The mnemonic system is a method of remembering texts, names, numbers, dates, foreign languages, and so on. It includes many techniques, among which everyone will find the most effective for themselves:
- Chain. A properly created sequence where each element is connected to the next allows you to quickly learn and memorize information.
- Cicero Technique. Based on the principle of bright and large supporting images, causing an association.
- Pictograph. A small sketch should correspond to some event, causing certain associations and memories.
- Matryoshka. A separate “fragment” of information is placed in another smaller one, for example, the English words “write – writer – copywriter,” and so on.
- Associations. The easiest way to remember names and dates. The former can be associated with prominent personalities, and the latter with important events.
Each recommendation is universal and allows you to memorize even long numbers, theorems, mathematical formulas, and rules. The main thing is to always understand that even the most complex expression/formula is easiest to memorize by the individual fragments that add up to the whole.