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The rote memorising, i.e. to recall by replicating as many times as possible, is outside. In case you have to cram, do it smartly. This means making notes directly after lecture endings, write down any questions you’ve got and requesting your lecturer ASAP. Before examinations, make flashcards and review them every few days, instead of the previous 24 hours!
2. Active reiteration

To really embed the facts you are reading into your mind, teach them to somebody else.

By instructing, you’re made to summarise, condense, investigate, draw conclusions — promoting a deeper personal understanding. This is very good for university study which focuses on analysis, compared to pre-university, which are often more fact-driven.

Utilize the Feynman Technique i.e. describe concepts in the simplest terms possible to anyone who would listento some fellow classmate, roommate or to empty beer cans. Directed note-taking

Proceed for the kill — ask yourself what you do not know about a certain topic. Really get to the root of the problem and dig your way out of it.

First, place the problem areas. Secondly, design a query which addresses this area. Third, answer your question. Use all your lecture notes, library publications, as well as Google Search. Do not proceed until you’re confident with your response and rest assured, you will know the concepts better by going through this route.

Do not proceed until you are confident with your response and rest assured, you will know the concepts better by going through this path.

4. Reading paper

94 percent of university students polled said they favored studying using newspaper as it was easier to focus and the liberty to highlight, annotate and write about the margins. And unlike computer screens, reading on paper also helps with spatial memory — you can remember a certain bit of advice by where it had been put on a book.

6. Utilize the Italian curry clock
Our brain absorbs information best right before sleeping or right after exercise.

Research have revealed that individuals who research before sleeping or napping have greater memory recall or higher activity from the hippocampus, the region of the brain that forms new memories.

5. Sleep and exercise Modelled after the Pomodoro Technique which uses the Italian Tomato Clock, this method will minimise distraction and boost productivity. College may be hard and comes with a endless list of reading materials. But if you know how the brain works, and take on a number of the methods proposed above, you can make that research time more profitable. Good luck! Thus, time your sleep and workout so to maximise your research sessions. So, take a well-deserved rest after half an hour with a few wholesome snacks or mild stretching which will do much more for your memory than forcing your brain to study more. Exercise has been found to stimulate the production of a protein called BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor), which preps the brain for optimum learning and creative thinking. You’re likelier to form creative connections between thoughts, and so, retaining this better.
Putting facts to memory from brute force will not force you to gain the most important outcome from analyzing, and that’s, understanding.

And to be honest, it will be pretty damn dull.

Studying ought to be entertaining — all about considerate exploration and discovering new things. Rote memorising doesn’t have any of that, simply paving a course of immediate recall without any context to the information — the how’s and why’s are significant!

So how can we prevent those details from falling into a black hole after we enter the exam hall? Spaced repetition

Review substance over and over again over incremental time intervals;

Based on 19th-century psychologist, Hermann Ebbinghaus, immediate recall includes a 100 percent information retention. However, as little as an hour after, you can only remember a mere 44 percent of what you have read.

To counter this, use spaced repetition. Review your stuff intermittently to slow down the corrosion of your own memory as time passes.