3 TRICKS FOR SMARTER LEARNING

30th april blog

Learning some days is tougher than the others. Imagine having to memorize the entire periodic table in one go. Or having to remember dates for a long, chronological series of events. Or worse still, learning about country rankings based on area, population, GDP, etc. We’re not advocates for rote learning, but some facts need to be remembered. Are there some easy highways to navigate these facts?

Our minds have an unlimited capacity to store data, but, we fail to recall certain information in times of need. Research also tells us that people tend to forget about 50% of information they have learned if not revised properly. So, it is our responsibility to ensure greater effort towards retaining what we read in our minds forever. The question is, how does one do that? Well, we have some interesting tips and tricks for you to follow. It’ll not only boost your academic performance but also make you the ‘go-to’ friend who can fill in all the (mind) blanks.

Trick 1: Use Mnemonics

Mnemonics is one of the most popular methods of remembering large amounts of information in a concise and easy format. You can use acronyms, or graphs and charts, or songs to remember any fact you set your mind upon.

  • For example, “Happy Henry Lives Beside Boron Cottage, Near Our Friend Nelly Nancy MgAllen. Silly Patrick Stays Close. Arthur Kisses Carrie” is a chemistry mnemonic, consisting of words made using the acronyms of the first twenty elements in the periodic table. {Happy (Hydrogen) – Henry (Helium) – Lives (Lithium) – Beside (Beryllium) – Boron (Boron) – Cottage (Carbon), Near (Nitrogen) – Our (Oxygen) – Friend (Fluorine) – Nelly (Neon) –  Nancy (Sodium) –  MgAllen (Magnesium Aluminium). Silly (Silicon) – Patrick (Phosphorus) – Stays (Sulphur) – Close (Chlorine). Arthur (Argon) – Kisses (Potassium) – Carrie (Calcium)}

Another interesting mnemonic that you could use is called Chunking. It is a mnemonic strategy that works by classifying data into groups, phrases, words, or numbers that are easy to remember.

  • For example, memorizing the following number: 65784047789 will take a lot of time and effort. However, if it is chunked into groups of three, like this: 6578-404-7789, it will become easier to remember.

 

Trick 2: Teach a Friend

It’s very hard to explain or teach a concept to someone else. Before you do that, you need to have a clear understanding of the concept first. Which in turn means you will take more time to process and comprehend the information at a deeper level.

When you’ll have to explain a concept to your friend, it is important to break it down into simple, understandable chunks. This process will make you examine the topics more critically and thoroughly, helping you and your friend get a better grasp of the subject.

  • Just to try this theory out, why don’t you try explaining the Newton’s law of motion to your friend with examples. It will give you a clear picture of your understanding of the subject at hand.

 

Trick 3: Build Your Own “Mind Palace

Our visual memory is much stronger than our verbal memory. It is easier for us to remember an image than to recall a specific word or an object. You can apply this natural ability to other harder-to-recall things, like topics you studied a night before. The idea is to associate certain things with a certain place. For example, if you are in your room, try to connect a topic you are learning to something in your room. It can be as silly as thinking that the books in your wooden bookshelf are safe because wood is a poor conductor of electricity!

 

Hope these tricks help boost your memory and make learning fun for you. These are only some methods, but we hope, practicing them, you realize the unlimited potential of your mind. Go ahead, be creative while dealing with the complexity in memorizing concepts and see learning transform into an exciting and satisfying experience.

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