IMPROVING YOUR MEMORY

Whether it’s facts and figures, quotes from a novel, or mathematical equations, as a student your day-to-day life will involve remembering things. Of course, never is this more important than during exam season — ‘revision’ just means ‘trying to remember things’!

All of this means that you need to make sure that your memory is as efficient and powerful as possible. This involves practice and lifestyle adjustments to boost your recall power. Open this handy pocketbook for clear advice and guidance on the direct steps you can take to get your memory working on top form.

What Will I Discover?
This guide contains instantly actionable advice you can instantly use to boost your memory skills. Accompanying this, you’ll find many interactive memory activities you can use to practise and monitor your progress.

From the basic lifestyle changes you can make to improve your mental efficiency, to the more in-depth study techniques you should be employing, take an all-encompassing approach to improving your memory with this guide from our Rapid Study Skills for Students guide.

Sample Advice
Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect to find within this pocketbook:

How does memory work?

MemoryWhile there are still mysteries about memory, neuroscientists have a good idea about how it works. To start with, long-term memories seem to be stored in the hippocampus, a part of the brain. Memories are formed when neurons in the brain make connections with each other – connections that are never broken.

There are millions of neurons in your brain, and each will make many connections to other neurons. This means that you’ll be able to retain potentially billions of memories during your lifetime. So, you don’t really need to worry about running out of space. As far as we can currently tell, short-term memories don’t involve any physical changes in the brain – this only occurs when a long-term memory is created.

The reason why it’s important to know about how the brain itself deals with memories is that it allows you to find out what lifestyle changes allow for you to improve your memory. In particular, some studies suggest that different foods and activities can stimulate the hippocampus and potentially even strengthen connections made between neurons. While this might not mean that eating certain foods will guarantee a better memory, it might be worth looking into.

Techniques to boost your memory

This method of making associations is most common, and can be applied to almost any kind of information with a bit of ingenuity. Essentially, you want to give your own meaning to facts and data by representing them in a unique way.

For example, if you needed to remember that the Easter Rising in Ireland occurred in 1916, you could imagine a pile of Easter eggs going up in an elevator to floor 1916. This might seem bizarre, but these types of association can help you remember important details more easily.

If you’re any good at drawing, it might even help to make brief sketches for the most important things you need to know!

Memory game

Word Recollection Game:

For this game, we’re going to give you a list of words. Each of these words has been assigned to a number. Your goal in this exercise is to remember both the  words and the numbers given to each. Look at the list for a short period of time (no more than 30 seconds for the shorter lists, and no more than a minute for the longer ones), turn the page over and write the words which correspond to each number.

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Now, without looking at the above list, write the words which correspond to each number:

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RAPID STUDY SKILLS FOR STUDENTS – IMPROVING YOUR MEMORY

Written and created by the UK’s leading recruitment experts; this handy pocketbook contains:

  • In-depth discussion about how the memory works and how you can use this to your advantage;
  • Explanations of techniques you can employ to boost your memory;
  • Memory activities to practise and get a sense of how you are progressing;
  • Everything you need to get started on improving your memory straight away.

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