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How to Boost Your Memory Power?

Updated on February 18, 2019
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A medical undergraduate who has gained success by adding following medically approved techniques to his study pattern.


I'm currently a medical undergraduate and throughout my tough and long path of education, I have wondered whether there is an easy way. Is there a way to excel in academics without being a bookworm? Beware; all of the following may not work for you, but few definitely will. And also, changing your traditional study pattern is a bit of a challenge. But, it is worth the try!!

" Study smarter,

Not harder"

1. Follow SQ3R method

This is quite a famous strategy among the medical population. It is the best approach to finish reading a book or a chapter when you have a fixed deadline. First go through the headings, reading the topics and subtopics so that you know what to expect. Then just survey through each subtopic reading only the introduction and just taking a look at the words in bold. When you do this, your brain forms the framework or outline. It helps your friend, the brain to organize what is going to be poured into it. That of course makes the retrieval more easier.


Now it is hightime to question yourself. You already know the skeleton, so question yourself what you expect to learn by reading this chapter. That forms a sense of responsibility in your brain, which makes you more efficient. Then go through the content from beginning to end. Beware: this is not a story book, so rather than enjoying the text, try to find out the answers for your questions.

After you finish up, just go through and think whether you have found answers to all your self-made questions. Congratz!! You have completed the task.

2. Review, but do it smartly

This is the answer to the most popular question among student population; "why can't I remember anything?" No sir, you can, but reading the same chapter again and again won't help you. Just review it in different ways. Go through the past question papers related to the content you studied. Make some questions yourself. Teach one of your friends who need help. Discuss what you studied with a supportive friend of yours. All these are forms of review.

" Your table, chair and room are not compulsory for studying;

once your brain is in the game, it doesn't matter where you are."

You don't have to sit and do it. Just try to remember the facts while travelling or while sipping a fresh juice in a coastal part of the country! Apart from these, if you are still compelled to read the same content again and again, well, do it. But, make sure each time you read the same chapter you take less time than you spent for the same chapter before.

3. Make complex matters simple

Specialists in medical education suggest two main ways to simplify the contents: short notes and mind maps. A small-sized paper containing all the facts in the chapter written in tiny letters is usually mistaken for a short note. That is not its' purpose. Once you study the chapter using SQ3R, you'll find several key points that form the gist of it. Write them down in a readable manner. Here's a self-found tip: close the book and write the short note, so that your brain gets more opportunity to be involved in it.

"A short note is not the whole book copied into a small piece of paper in tiny letters."

Mind map is useful when there are several related topics and subtopics within a content. It is believed that our brain can retain information more efficiently if there are formed relationships between them. If you are a creative chap, hey guy, this is the ideal way for you!!

A sample mind map on components of creative writing
A sample mind map on components of creative writing | Source

4. Chunk the lists

Try this;

As you can see now, chunked and arranged data is much easier to memorize than a random set of data. So, when you have a list in your hand, chunk the whole thing into several subgroups, so the list items that have a common charasteristic fall into one subgroup. The similarity may be an obvious one, but sometimes you may have to use your imagination to find a similarity. But don't rely on your imagination more than needed, because then it will be difficult for you to retrieve the information back. My advice is to rely only on obvious similarities.

Now it's your turn to try and test these strategies. Enjoy studying!!


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    • Anusha Nimrod profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Nimrod 

      4 weeks ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Thank u Liz!

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      I wish I had read an article like this during my student days.

    • Anusha Nimrod profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Nimrod 

      4 weeks ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Thank u!! It's a pleasure.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      As a "senior citizen" I am no longer in school, but I also have concerns about being forgetful as I age. I think the tips in your article will be helpful to anyone as any age. I think this is an excellent article.


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