6 ways to remember things
Learning is very important in every school subject. Of course, understanding things first is needed, but getting what you learned to stick in your brain is up to you. Some research says that you may forget something if you don't revisit it within 24 hours after first hearing it.
The most effective way to acquire information to make itself at home in your head is to memorize things like language, math formulas, historical dates, etc. and not to get locked out of the house! (keys, wallet, phone, mask...)
Everyone's brains work a little differently, so it's important to understand how our own brains work, and adapt our own learning to fit our unique abilities. So with that in mind, we've put together six key ways to remember things. One technique might work for everything, or there might be one or two that will work better for different subjects.
Draw A Picture
Make visual diagrams to help you remember information if you tend to remember how things look, or if you're a visual learner. This is a visual flashcard, or adding pictures next to term definitions in Biology to help you remember scientific processes.
When you’re always remembering song lyrics, but revising is hard work! Try inventing rhymes. It’s also known as mnemonics and these help you remember things like the year Columbus set off on his voyage that eventually got him to America.
Using acronyms is a great way to remember difficult concepts. For example PEE is another important acronym when writing an English essay. To write a paragraph, you start with the Point (or the idea) you’re making, then Evidence (normally with a quotation), and then Explain what you mean.
4. Copy things out
Rote learning is one of the oldest and most effective ways for students to remember things. It might remind you of a Victorian schoolhouse (copy out the Bible 3 times before bed!). But the truth is, repetitive as it may seem, this is often one of the most effective ways to get new information to stick. Chinese toddlers and UK university students alike use it to learn Chinese characters, and it's an easy way to learn English quotations. It's better for verbal learners, so if it doesn't work for you, you've got options.
Write a Story
Creating a story to explain a series of facts or a complicated spelling is another type of mnemonic (well, last mention of that word, we promise!). For example, if you’re trying to remember the lines of the periodic table, drawing it out with a story gives a structure for places to remember the chemical groups. A good example of the reactivity of metals is, "Please send cats, monkeys, and zebras in cages, and padlock them." This sounds silly, but it means Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Aluminum, Zinc, Iron, Lead, Copper, Mercury, Silver, and Platinum. See how the story makes it less intimidating?
Teach Someone Else
If you’re studying at home at the moment, one way to fend off isolation and boost your learning at the same time (the dream!) is to arrange a video chat study session with a friend. Whether you’re a social person or more introverted, finding a classmate or family member to “teach” can be a great way to learn and revise. It's fun to share knowledge and explain stuff to each other. It's also fun to see how your parent or sibling feels about what you're learning by giving them a presentation.