Lets_Ace_IT: `Them Naughty Notes (THE REHEARSALS)
There are a lot of things that control and predict how and for how long a memory is going to be stored in your long term memory, and we cannot control all of them, but we have to sit for exams, so we`d better focus on the part of the storing and encoding process that we can actually control.
Let`s see it like this, when you learn something new, the information travels between your neurons through some kind of canal, it metaphorically drives on a highway: when you first try to remember that new information, it may get a little trouble driving through that highway without getting a bit lost.
That`s why the more you revise, repeat and learn that information, the easier and faster it will drive down that road, just like you drive home, and the easier it will be for you to retrieve OR recall your lessons.
This is a metaphor I read about a month ago in an interesting article and I ironically don`t remember where!! Simply because I only read the website name once and it apparently didn`t even make it to the middle of the highway.
Now, the question remains : how to store and encode?
The most obvious answer would be just keep reading your lessons over and over until it becomes encraved in your brain, only using the visual memory in the repetition process.
That`s when science comes in and tells us that there are 3 levels of processing, whereas the deeper the level, the stronger, more involved and longer lasting the memory will be:
- Structural encoding: how does the information look (the most shallow);
- Phonological encoding : how does it sound;
- Semantic encoding: what does it mean (the deepest).
With that said, the best and deepest of all would be to combine all three.
So now that your free lesson in cognitive psychology is over, let`s get to rehearsals where we`ll use all three processes, let`s get to the practical part of tips and tricks to help you learn and assimulate your lessons:
Read Out Loud:
This will allow your visual memory to have the bigger picture encoded and to locate particular rules in particular page of particular notepad, that`s why writing your notes in maps and with different structures is important as you won`t have all your lessons look the same. Plus, using your voice will get the auditory memory, which is stronger and longer than the visual, more active and will make it easier for you to remember.
Notes On Notes :
I know just the thought of it is tiring, but just reading with your eyes or even reading the whole thing out loud without any mental breaks will lead you to an annoying boredom and sleepiness. So try this , read a small paragraph, close your notebook, then right away try to summarise it in a another piece of paper , keep it as short and as mapped out as possible, then check if you got it all right and fill in the blanks you missed. Interaction my friend.
Take It Personal:
Got a math rule, make up an example with your birthday date in it and learn it. Consider yourself Churchill`s daughter. Got a bunch of words to remember, take their initials and make a funny word with them ( it`s called acronyms) . Got a bunch of dates to remember make it into a song, what?!!
Okay, you name it, just try to take it as personal as possible and get involved as much as you can, this has been proven one of the best ways to learn fast and strong. The reason: our ego game is strong so we pay close attention to everything related to it... hum...
Space It Out:
Your brain needs time to encode and store before being able to retrieve or recall that highway, we don`t want traffic in it, traffic ain`t no good, it makes all the cars stop from moving and that would be embarassing if it happens on the exam day.
So try spacing out your lessons, work on strongly storing one little chunk of information, take a break to let it encode and then move on to the next chunk and so on.
Test Your Self:
This is one other way to prevent yourself from sleeping on your papers, it keeps you awake and active.
After making your notes on notes or just after reading , take another paper and write very basic questions about that little paragraph and test yourself . Or if you have a studying buddy take your notebooks and ask each other random questions from it.
Then when you`re done with the whole chapter , take exams from previous years and condition yourself with the same amount of time you`ll be given in the official exam. Train hard.
Stretch Your Mind:
In exam periods, we are used to lock ourselves up with our books and glasses only, we turn off distractions and go on a retreat that is controversially not very therapeutic.
Okay, my point is try to get the information you are learning from other sources, because guess what, you`re not the only one learning economics in the world so there are definitely documentaries, documents, slideshows... out there you can also learn from.
Watch Dr.House if you`re in medecine school and please don`t tell your other friend to watch it, because they are so not used to use abreviations nor latin words in everyday life so.. just spare them , they`re fine!!
hahah no okay one can enjoy Gregory`s sarcasm and Dr.Chase british accent even if you don`t get it all.
SHOUTOUT TO EVERY GIRL WHO USED TO BE A TEACHER FOR ALL OF HER HALF DRESSED DOLLS !! aaah those days, I miss them so much that I m doing it again, but with real humans this time.
``If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.``― Albert Einstein
Seriously try it, either with your mates at school or your siblings at home, teaching is a very very effective way to be proud of yourself and make sure you`ve got it all figured because you get to see others perspective of understanding what you`re teaching them and you may come upon an easiest way to understand it yourself.
One last thing:
Repetition repetition repetition, a hell lot of discipline and regular consistency will get you there, to that A+ to that 20/20 to whatever you want, just stop reading this and go back to your lessons.
I WISH YOU ALL A LOT OF COURAGE AND A PINCH OF LUCK !!