Hello!

I see there're a lot of articles in this website that give people tips on how to study, how to do summaries, how to keep the work space tidy... and those are good things to keep on mind, of course, but with this article I want you to do a little reflection and try to know yourself a little better so you can actually memorize what you've studied.

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1. Are you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner? Think about how you work better.

Do you feel like images and words are the only thing you would need for studying something? Then you're a visual learner and diagrams or outilnes should be your go to.

On the other hand, do you think people explaining things to you is the easy way to learn them? Then you're an auditory learner and should study reading things aloud or even recording what you have to study and giving it a listen.

But there's people who fall in a third group. Those are the kinesthetic learners, who would understand things better by object manipulation or body movement than by watching/reading them or listening to them. It's harder to get a grasp of how to study, but activities or exemples where they can get involved might be the best way for them for understanding and assimilating the topics.

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2. For our long-term memory to process something so we can remember it, we need our short-term memory to remember it in the first place.

It has been said that people can keep up to seven things in their short-term memory, but that's wrong. The magic number is four.

Look at the topic outline of the test you have next week, how many topics there're? Are they more than four? If the answer is yes, can you englobe those topics in three or four categories? I'm sure you can, even if they are too general. Now move into those categories. Can you make groups of three/four things (writers, events, geometric shapes, latin declensions)?

If you can, do it. Once you have learn four things and assimilated them you can move to the next three or four, instead of trying to learn eighty things at the same time and saturating your brain.

Try thinking about when someone asks you to remember a phone number and you can write anywhere. They separate the numbers in groups of two or three when dictating, and even when you think you have them memorized, it only takes someone to say something else to you and boom you forget the numbers. Studying works the same way.

You're going to remember things better and for a longer time if you memorize them in groups of four or less.

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3. The 20 minutes rule might work for you. But it might not.

Some people can start focusing on studying the moment they grab a book. In that case, it's better if you do small pauses every 20 minutes to help your brain relax and retain the information.

But there's people (more and more every day due to the fact that we're exposed to 40.000 stimuli every second) that have a hard time focusing and might need 20 minutes or more to actually start studying. It would be a huge mistake to stop them in the middle of studying because they would need to expend a lot of time focusing again.

If you're one of those persons, the best you can do is stop every few hours, and do activities or change topics every 20 minutes so your brain can still catch a break from what it is doing.

And that's it. I know it's not a lot, but I hope I can help someone with this ♥