When you are in the Singapore education system, it is inevitable that you would be required to memorise and regurgitate information for examinations.
This is what many students face difficulties in as many simply go through the information without properly digesting it, thus not memorising effectively.
While many teachers advise against memorising, we cannot deny that some form of memory work is required for basic concepts and formulas to score well.
In this article, we will be discussing some ways which may be of aid to students in their memory work.
a. Acronyms create a fun and interesting way to remember phrases and formulas.
b. Come up with acronyms that makes it easier for you to remember these ‘catchphrases’!
c. For example, Ohm’s Law in Physics has the formula V = I x R (Very Intelligent Rabbit)
d. Another example would be the Types of Electromagnetic Waves in Physics – Radiowaves, Mircrowaves, Infrared, Visible Light, UV, X-Rays, Gamma Rays (Red Mickey Is Very Unlike Xylophone Game)
2. Visual Aids
a. This is especially effective for students who are more visually inclined.
b. Draw diagrams or mind maps to help you in your memory work. Add little notes and annotations to briefly describe your visual aids.
c. By continuously studying the same diagrams and/or mind maps, you would naturally be able to recall them during the examinations.
d. For example, for the study of human organs, you may wish to draw out an anatomy of the human body with the placement of each organs. Label each organ with a brief description of each organ’s function.
3. Repetitive Work
a. This is more suitable for students who prefer text to visual aids.
b. You may wish to use either your laptop or write it out in foolscap paper. Continuously write down what you would like to memorise and repeat again once you have completed it.
c. Try to do this for a few times and try to see if you are able to verbalise your text successfully.
d. For example, you may find this especially useful in humanities subjects (i.e. Social Studies, Geography, History) where they are considered to be content heavy.
e. Typing out your notes in text form helps you to scan through the content and allows you to better organise the information.
4. Structured Timetable
a. The best way to memorise effectively is as follows: 1 day, 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month.
b. This basically means that after you have attempted to memorise something, go over it again 1 day later, then 1 week later, etc. This will ensure that you are able to keep the memory for a prolonged period of time and so that it does not fade away with time.
c. To be able to do this, it would be best that you organise your own timetable, with individual time slots for each subject and topics. This would enable you to stick to the timeline mentioned in part A closely.
5. Healthy Lifestyle
a. Believe it or not, lifestyle habits play an important role in the state of your brain.
b. By keeping proper and healthy sleep cycles, this ensures that your brain is well rested and ready to take in any information that you try to input the next day. If your brain is overwhelmed with fatigue, no amount of work you put in the next day would be of use.
c. Start eating healthy and try to include ‘Brain Food’ into your diet. Brain food are food that contain nutrients that boost your memory and learning ability, allowing you to memorise more effectively.
d. Example of brain food are fatty fish (i.e. Salmon and Sardines), blueberries, broccoli, pumpkin seeds and many more.