How can students improve their memory?
Studies in Stanford University have shown that a strategic approach to exam revision can improve your marks by a third of a grade. In today’s tech-savvy world, effective revision techniques may include using apps such as linguacuisine, which is for language students. However, in order for things to ‘stick’ when it comes to revising for an exam, we need to ensure that we have done all we can to keep our memory in good shape. By taking care of our physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as trying out different practical learning methods, we give ourselves the best chance of doing ourselves justice in an exam.
Feed your brain with healthy food and exercise
Not only do a good diet and regular exercise keep you physically fit; they boost your memory too. Recent studies suggest that the mediterranean diet is ideal for improving memory, as it is high in wholesome grains, fish, fruit and vegetables. These foods all encourage healthy blood flow and cognitive function. Alongside this healthy diet, consider taking natural boosters that can help you retain information while revising.
Meanwhile, research has shown the link between light exercise before revising and improved memory. When it comes to taking exams, for example, students who have been on a short, brisk walk before a revision session have been shown to have a significantly higher successful recall rate than those who haven’t.
Make time for sleep
One of the most important aspects of improving your memory is sufficient sleep. This is because of the significant physiological events that happen when after we doze off. We undergo several physiological changes that occur during sleep. In fact, research has indicated that memory consolidation takes place while we sleep – that is, when the brain processes short term memories and converts them into long term ones. This process includes learning new skills.
Sleep helps us to retain what we have learned at work or in the classroom, for example. A lack of sleep – that is, less than 7 hours a night – does not allow enough time for this process to happen, resulting in brain fog and forgetfulness. Give yourself the best chance of getting a good night’s sleep each night by going to bed at a reasonable time and making your bedroom as calming as possible. This means keeping your bedroom as dark or as softly lit as possible, switching all electronic devices off and keeping your room free of clutter.
Type your notes in a font that is difficult to read
Yes, you read that right. Research has shown that we are better at remembering things in unfamiliar fonts. This is because we are made to focus more, rather than subconsciously preempting the words (which is what we do when reading things in an easy-to-read font). This makes our brains work harder and absorb more information.
Simple steps can give your memory a real boost
There are lots of things you can do to improve your memory and revise effectively as a result. None of them are complicated. Simply ensure that you eat well and exercise and make sure you prioritize sleep. Finally, write down your notes in a font that is reasonably hard to read; this will give you the best chance of remembering the necessary information you need for an exam.