Ways to Improve Your Memory and Perform Better in Exams

September 19, 2012

Healthy Life

Perform Better in Exams

Perform Better in Exams

We all want to achieve the best possible grades in our exams and to have the best chance of a high pass score you need to retain as much information from your course notes in your consigned to your memory as possible.

Ways to improve your memory while studying

One of the common mistakes when revising and studying for exams is to leave it to the last minute, especially if the subject you are taking is not one of your favorite topics. Staying up late the night before and reading each chapter from beginning to end is highly likely to end in your brain not retaining most of the data that you have just spent so long reading. Scientific tests have shown that by reading a chapter of information through in one go will mean that you are unlikely to retain more than 20% of what you have just read.  Breaking up the process by pausing to question, write comments or categorize the data will vastly improve your retention rate compared to trying to read and memorize large blocks of text.

Try to visualize

Create a picture in your mind as you read the text, for example imagine actually being in the place that you are reading about. Using images to recall information is a memory trick that is well established and it is how a magician performs some card reading or memory tricks, simply by string a set of images together in their mind and translating them to numbers. Putting the words you are reading into a story or an image in your mind will work in much the same way.


Memory experts have long touted this particular method as a great way of taking on and retaining information in a way that the brain will be able to compute and “file” for subsequent use. The letters stand for Preview, Question, Read, State and Test. In this order you browse the reading material by skimming through each chapter rather than read it thoroughly. Then you ask yourself questions about what you have just read, followed by reading through the chapter thoroughly from start to finish. After this you State the answers to relevant questions out loud and this process should take up about half of your entire study time, so be prepared for looks as you talk to yourself! Finally Test yourself on the information and see how much you have taken in. If you can train your mind to work in this methodical way you are likely to see a big improvement in memory retention.

Use your notes

Try to organize your note taking into an orderly method rather than just scribbling notes that you think are relevant at the time during class. If you take time to consider what is important to take a note of and develop a system of summarizing each lesson and producing notes that you can easily refer to in the future, this effort and strategy will be rewarded when you come to revise for your exams and can easily find important details in your notes.

If you take time to consider your methods for studying and find what works best for you, the payback will most likely be the grades that you are hoping for.

Author Bio:

Guest post contributed by Sarah Rawson who is studying for her Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She is also an avid freelance writer and her articles appear on various higher education blogs.


Ways to Improve Your Memory and Perform Better in Exams

This site is for information and support only and NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment!
Perform Better

Comments are closed.