For most of us studying is a boring routine that we’d rather avoid till exams push us to frantically cram completely new information into our heads.
But what if I told you studying can be fun?
Here are four interesting and creative ways in which you can learn and remember something- and for a very long time!
1. Mind Maps
One of the best ways to make sure that you remember something for a very long time is to use visual tools when you study. For that purpose mind maps are a great thing. In fact, if you’ve ever wanted to be as smart as Sherlock Homes you might find it interesting to know that his “mind palace” is very similar to a “mind map”.
A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. It is somewhat like a chart-diagram with symbols, key words, colors and images to explain and remember concepts. Mind maps can vary from being simple and organised to including visual diagrams, images and animated sketches. Mind maps allow you to segment and structure your information. They are especially useful when you need to learn complex information. Here’s a simple prototype of what mind maps can look like:
Learning definitions, formulas and meanings can feel like you’re reading the same thing over and over but nothing is really registering in your mind. In these cases, to make learning easier and faster, flashcards can be an effective tool.
Flashcards are smart visual-aid learning tools- they are a great way to boost memory. They are also pretty easy to make and use. They are simple cut-out pieces of paper which have a question on on side and the answer on the other. You hold the card up and try to answer the question- and if you can’t then you can always find the answer in the same card!
Flashcards work best when used with short gaps of time between each revision. That’s because our brain learns and retains information best when it is repeated multiple times, with short breaks. You can use flashcards to learn facts, concepts, definitions, formulas, dates, quotes- really anything that you can fit on it!
For more info on flashcards and how to use them go to https://www.edudigm.in/blog/be-your-own-tutor/
This trick is something that we’re all familiar with but don’t really use very often on purpose.
Mnemonics is a smart memory trick that works by association, which can help one to remember a large amount of information through a short symbolic representation like a letter, phrase, rhymes or word-abbreviations. For example, the above image is a mnemonic that a lot of us learnt when we were younger. To put mnemonics into use you can use rhymes to remember something, this poem for example:
“Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Excepting February alone:
Which hath but twenty-eight, we find,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.”
You can create short forms for very long names or phrases or create a name using the first initials of all the words in the phrase you want to remember- and so much more!
If you want to know more fun ways in which mnemonics can be used go to http://mentalfloss.com/article/50152/10-mnemonic-tricks-never-forgetting-anything-again
Sometimes two brains (or more) are better than one. Especially when it comes to tasks like understanding the workings of a complex subject, debating the possibility of a concept or solving a problem.
Brainstorming is a great way to understand concepts by expanding your ideas through debates and discussions and to find solutions to problems. It is primarily a group activity- brainstorming functions through the exchange of ideas.
So gather your friends around when something interesting comes up in class or while you study by yourself, and brainstorm your way to a clear understanding of concepts and solve your problems in a fun, interactive and creative way!