4 hacks to memorise things faster
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4 Hacks to Memorise Things Faster

When exams are looming over, reading over and over may not be the best solution. This technique, however, works for some students.

A few studies have demonstrated that most students fail to use the proper technique to make most of their memories due to wasting time on ineffective methods.

One of the most common causes is that parents and teachers suggest different ways of memories, making you discombobulated to know what works and what does not.

Psychologists have come up with specific hacks that can help you memorise lessons quickly, and they can stick to your memory for a longer time.


If you are learning new vocabulary, you keep reading it on and on until the word stick to your memory.

Perhaps, in your opinion, this can be a good way or you may have been doing it because you have no other way around, but psychologists believe that this passive reading cannot help you in the long run, meaning most of the words will fail to leave an impression.

Some think that reading from a book is a better way of learning and retaining information than from a digital platform like a mobile phone or computer.

Regardless of the platform you use, you should space your reading. When you finish reading a chapter and move to something else, you should come back to reread that chapter after an interval, say a day or a week. This is a great way to get an insight into how much you have learnt after the first reading.

Underline and highlight the text

Underlining and highlighting is also the most common process that students follow. It is believed that it can help you pick important text to retain the crux of information, and once you have grasped the idea, you can easily express it in your own words.

Even though underlining and highlighting can be more effective than passive reading, it fails to work because most of the students keep underlining almost every line without discerning what is essential and what is not.

Psychologists say that you should read the text completely the first time to know what the text has to say and then reread the text to pick important points and lines.

Do not blindly underline the text. Force yourself to think about what is essential in the overall passage. It will encourage you to underline the text more actively.

Taking notes

This is also one of the most crucial habits found in students while reading in libraries and classrooms during a lecture.

Somehow it can be good to take note of important information. Still, the problem is you are overly enthusiastic about doing so that you do not realise you are copying the information already mentioned in your text book.

The purpose of taking notes in your diaries is to get new and unique information. To make the most of this technique, you will have to be concise. Instead of writing complete statements in your notebooks, you should write a couple of words to express an idea.

Studies have revealed that the fewer words you write, the more likely you are to remember them. This is because summaries force you to think deeply about the crux of information, fact and idea.

Your memory drives this additional effort, and hence you are more likely to remember it for a long period.

Experts also suggest that taking notes can help you jog your memory about the nub of the idea if you have them on paper. Here digital tools never come in handy.

This is because writing by hand allows your brain to remember to some extent the letters you type, which is never possible with keyboards.

Retrieval practice

This practice, according to psychologists, is a strategy of recalling information to know how much you have retained so far about a topic.

Recalling and writing down an answer to a flashcard is supposed to improve the knowledge. It is definitely a better idea than just thinking that you know what you learnt and flipping over the page.

Although there is evidence that it can improve your knowledge, there are still some other effective ways to memorise things faster.

However, experts say that you can be overconfident, which is why this approach may not be as effective as it seems. The more confident you feel about your learning, the less likely you will be able to recall it down the line, a study says.

The use of flashcards may not be an effective way if you believe that it will still be your memory because you have once recalled it successfully. Experts say that you should keep testing it over and over.

Most of the students fund their studies with private student loans. When improving your knowledge is being such expensive, you should use hacks that can make it a bit easier, and this you can do by following the memory hacks.

Description: A couple of memory hacks can help you retain the material in your mind for a long time. This blog discusses how you can do.

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