20 memory tips to learn by heart

You have an exam soon? you HAVE to succeed? Use these tips and hack your grades!

1.Structure/organise/categorise what you have to learn. Titles, space and colours / hierarchy/ keep dogs and cats apart

2.Divide into chunks. 91, 12, 28 is easier to remember than 911228

3.Record the stuff you have to learn and listen to it when you are working out and during the transportation time. If you can, also record someone else saying it.

4.Use Mind mapping: 

_With your body: for example, if you have to remember the 9 planets of the solar system, say that your Eyes got the Earth, your Scrotum got the Sun (ok, it’s not a planet), your Jaws got Jupiter and so on (I’m sure you know where Uranus is located)… And during the exam, just “visit” your body 🙂

_With your environment: In the Main room is Mars, in the hall where your Jackets are is Jupiter, etc…

5.Use songs: For example, the alphabet song remixed gives Ju-pi-ter (Abc) Earth-Ur-a-nus (defg) Mars-Nep-tune-ve-nus-and-sa-turn (hijklmnop)

6.Use the first letter and change it for rememberable words or sentences (Mnemonics tips): for the planets, it could be: Start My Vehicle. Experience Marathon Journeys. See Undiscovered New Places. (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)

7.Make it rhyme: Mercury Sun Venus // Jupiter earth Uranus etc…

8.Draw it

9.Make up a story: After taking a Sun bath, we checked how warm it was with a Mercury thermometer because the lady Venus didn’t feel like she had her foot on the Earth…

10.Read it out loud

11.Repeat, repeat and repeat. And repeat again. 

12.Stay in touch with the material you have to learn as much as possible (display the material you have to learn everywhere from your office to your toilet)

13.Reduce as much as possible what you have to learn (instead of “The first planet is Mercury”, just remember “1.Mercury”)

14.Make it interesting (Instead of “The first planet is Mercury”, “Mercury must be the first one, she’s so hot, I’m burning for her, she’s so close to the sun”)

15.Make it simple (no double negation, as concret as possible…)

16.Make it useful for you

17.Emphasise on the importance of learning it (for your future)

18.Shortcut the deadline

19.Can you experience it? (for example, can you look at the planet with a telescope, making it real will facilitate the learning process)

20.Make sense out of it: easier it is to remember something you understand

How you should behave:

1.Take breaks

2.Use the Spacing effect: “learning is greater when studying is spread out over time, as opposed to studying the same amount of time in a single session”

3.Sleep: Not just the night before the exam but every night (this is science, sleep and memory tasks performance are correlated)

4.Work out: Memory storage processes may be facilitated

5.Check your memorisation: Do your own exam, write down everything you know and check what you need to learn again.

6.Move while memorising it

7.Understand why you have to learn it by heart: It will be easier to remember it if you know why you need to do so. It could be an extrinsic motivation (get a good grades,this is useful information for your futur job, shine in society…) or more intrinsic motivation (which is better) (improve your memory and your cerebral plasticity…)

8.Challenge yourself (try to learn it in thirty minutes)

9.Learn with someone else (explain concepts to each other, have fun doing it)

10.Teach it (that’s actually a wonderful way to both understand and learn it very well)

11.Be creative (find your new own way to learn a material)

12.Play: learn it like if it was a game

13.Train your memory as much as possible: you can see it as a muscle, the more you use it, the more efficient it becomes. 

14.Stay in a peaceful and quiet environment while learning it

15.Listen to classical music in the same time (Sorry the Mozart effect hasn’t been proved but still, classical music might be helpful to relax)

16.Relax, eat healthy and be enthusiastic about it! (yep, cognitive functions are influenced by those factors, check Google Scholar)





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