While it is best to retain information through a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter at hand,
sometimes that’s asking too much.
Particularly for young students who cannot yet choose their field of study, passing a test might call for some rigorous and effective memorization. The A+ Club from School4Schools.com LLC helps students learn the executive function skills many lack through our online tutoring and mentoring programs in a variety of subjects. Expert educators also offer advice and strategies, such as the following memorization tips, to help students help themselves.
Check out some of The A+ Club’s tips for retaining information:
Small BitesRead more
This tip includes a few different techniques:
- First, break down the information into small, manageable bites rather than trying to take it all on at once.
- It is also a good idea to build up your ability to focus by studying in 15-30 minute segments rather than dedicating a consecutive hour or two to a subject.
- While it may not seem like much, if you study during your commute or waiting in line rather than looking at Instagram or texting, it will add up.
Involve The Five SensesRead more
You’ve probably heard of the different types of learners, but you may not know which one you are. By memorizing through
- listening (you can record yourself reading what you need to memorize, which is good practice, anyway)
- and even singing
You’re increasing your odds of retaining information with each additional experience based upon your particular learning style, be it auditory, visual, or tactile.
Make AssociationsRead more
There are several ways to associate the information you need to memorize with identifiable clues:
- Try putting the information into a story, relating it to something you already know, or grouping patterns and similar ideas.
- The human brain works through connections, and the more connections you can make to an idea, vocabulary word, or problem, the more quickly your brain will recall it when you take your test.
- Just as “context clues” work for reading comprehension, making connections is a powerful memorization tool.
These simple, easy to implement memorization tips can help you improve your grades, particularly when you’re being tested on information that is difficult to contextualize. Vocabulary, math, and science are often more difficult than English or History which can be placed on a timeline or within your broader knowledge more easily. As a general rule, when studying for your more challenging subjects, try making the information look as much like the material for your more manageable subjects as possible.
The A+ Club from School4Schools.com LLC has an excellent online tool called HomeworkTracker for planning and tracking your studies. Online tutoring and using the HomeworkTracker encourages students to reflect on their responsibilities, needs, and goals for greater self-advocacy and overall success.