5 tips to help you memorize faster

Scratching your head, biting your nails and looking in the partner’s copy are common sight to be seen only in an examination hall. Yes I am talking about those distinctive situations where we are forced into learning and memorizing and present them in an articulate manner. And say, why, so that we score well in the exams. They have really wreaked havoc in our lives. What comes to our rescue is the art of memorizing. It is truly a talent that only toppers seem to have. En fait, memorizing stuff has not been the part of school tests only, be it your college level or the job you have got innumerable things to learn and execute them as well. Take for instance, the actors. Have you ever wondered how do the theater artists learn their lines so easily and deliver them with such finesse? Well, they work their rear off! You can apply some similar tips and techniques to work through your brain. You do not want yourself to be highly embarrassed with typical situations like, hey I know this guy from somewhere or just tell me the first line, I will add in the rest! It is time you gear up to get yourself brainstorming.

  1. Visualize


This is the ancient art to remember things. I made that up myself. But jokes apart, seriously I am pretty sure many of you would have tried this one. Visualizing that long algorithm to be a series, chalking out in your mind and quickly presenting it! Draw diagrams, flowcharts and learn to connect the dots. I learn the procedural methods by jotting down the main points and connecting them with an arrow. In fact, I have a white board in my room. Everyone else in my hostel actually copied that idea! I have pasted a white chart paper on the room’s wall and put on a cellophane sheet over it. Whenever I learn new things, my first step is to write them on my personalized white board. It stays there till I am well acquainted. You can use it to improve your vocabulary. When you want to learn new words, write them on the board. What stays in front of your eyes have a long lifetime.

Note from the author- write down quotes when you are not working. You will always stay motivated.

  1. Eat well


Include fruits, vegetables and fish in your diet to keep your brain healthy and working 24*7. As a matter of fact, eat dark chocolates often. On consuming them, your brain releases dopamine which helps to remember faster. Chocolates also contain antioxidants and flavonols which improves brain function. Have you ever given it a thought why break ups and stress always end with a bite of chocolate? Well, now you know the answer to it! Chocolates are the messiah of waving off any kind of mental instability. When your brain is stable and working good, it is time to pick up that book and finish off that chapter. Eat green vegetables too. Do not just binge on chocolates!

  1. Acronyms


I have to my credits, found quite a few easiest solutions to learning points by converting their respective first letters to the heinous taboo words. I do not feel ashamed to share this fact because even my friends lean those. We are very much familiar with those words; why not get them to our use! This technique is known as the mnemonics. Remember how you learnt the nine planets of the solar system. I still remember the catchy phrases we used to form while learning the periodic table. Forming mnemonics and then learning them is akin to following a brain training program. You guide your brain to first work out something meaningful from the illegible theory points. Then you try to make it into something funny. You associate it and then learn it. Phew! But it takes hardly ten minutes with the mnemonics compared to the half an hour.

  1. Repetition


Record your notes. Say them out aloud. Use a tape recorder if you are unable to write down the notes with the speed. While giving speeches in my school, I used to record myself reading the speech and then would listen to it. After reading a new chapter, make notes. While revising the chapter, go through the notes. Discuss them with your friends. If you are too skeptical about sharing them with mates, then share them with yourself. Lecture the information to someone who is right in front of you (or in some case, the mirror itself). Study and revise as if you are teaching. Practice exploring your mental map. Then rehearse and produce them on paper. In order to learn for the papers, read and close the book. Make your notes by rehearsing them from your mental map.

  1. Exercise


I hate this! While writing it, I was sure this point is to be kept for the last. But you have to understand the fact, exercising not only improves your body but your brain too. Experts say that if you are not a gym person nor have the time to be one, then just 20 minutes of exercise will do the trick. You will learn faster and with much finesse. It will also increase the alertness level. Go get your brains to work!