Are you having difficulty in remembering facts related to your studies or work? This is a common problem you may have encountered that may have significantly affected your performance in school or in your job. This article will give you an idea on how the brain works when it comes to the storage and retrieval of information, and will teach you some effective ways on how to memorize your lecture notes easily. The brain is the main component of the central nervous system that receives and interprets information coming from inside and outside of the body. It relies on the receptors attached on the different organs of the body; examples of these organs include the sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin). The information from these organs will be processed and interpreted by the brain to elicit responses. These will be stored in your memory for a short period (short-term memory) and in time, can be repeated, until such time that it will be stored in the long-term memory bank.

Deductive approach

This is learning the general concepts first before the specific ones. Like for instance, before memorizing the function of the nucleus of the cell, it is better to learn the function of the whole cell first. It will be easier for you to understand the specific details if you understand the general concepts. This facilitates easy storage and retrieval of information.

Mnemonic

This is from the Greek word mneumonikos, which means “intended to assist memory”. For example, if you would like to memorize which among the white blood cells (WBC) is more abundant as compared to the rest, just use the mnemonic “Never Let Monkeys Eat Bananas”. “Never” which starts with the letter N would represent the WBC “Neutrophils” which starts with the letter N as well. Since the word “never” is the first in the mnemonic, it is considered to be the most abundant type of WBC. In this way, you are organizing the information in order to facilitate easy storage and recall. This technique is a very effective technique to memorize your lecture notes easily.

Flamboyant associations

Most of the time, especially in school, you would learn something novel and untried. Since these are new and unfamiliar, pair it with something you know very well that could include images, music, persons, events, among others. Like for instance, if you were instructed to memorize the morphology of Giardia lamblia, which looks under the microscope like an old man with eyeglasses. Just associate it with your grandfather (if he is already wearing eyeglasses); and during your examination, you will be able to retrieve information about Giardia lamblia by just remembering your grandfather.

Discuss it aloud with yourself

Recite the information that you need to memorize aloud to facilitate easy storage and recall. Try to repeat the information in your own words to make it easier for you to understand. Repeating it several times can assist you in the encoding of the information and evaluate how well you have understood it; this is the mechanism of engram. If during the process, you falter in your words, have to pause longer to remember the information, or can only discuss general parts of the information, then it is an indication that you still need to understand the topic more. Although this is a very helpful memory enhancing technique, some would feel that they will appear abnormal to others if they will be seen talking to themselves. If this is not applicable to you, you may opt to organize a study group.

Share the Information with someone

This is a technique that will surely enhance your recall of the information that you have learned. Sharing the information to a friend or colleague would allow you to memorize your lecture notes easily since you will be given the chance to discuss it in front of someone; and this will boost up your self-confidence. Furthermore, this would allow you to articulate also your lecture aloud which will ensure easy retention of information. In conclusion, reading the textbooks would allow you to retain 10% of the information that you are memorizing; reading it again will increase it by 10% only; organizing information that you need to memorize, using a deductive approach, mnemonics, and flamboyant association in learning, and articulating it aloud will add up 40% to your memory; and the remaining 40% will be for sharing what you have learned to your colleagues. Following these tips will surely aid you to memorize your lecture notes easily.

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