One major reason why some people fail exams is that they fail to remember what they have studied or read. Of course, they studied greatly but when they get to the exam hall, they fail to remember all they have read and they go blank. This has been a major concern to most students and so they conclude that reading is just a waste of time. The truth is that reading is not a waste of time. When you read and understand what you are reading and apply some tips, you can never fail an exam. All you need do is apply the right strategy.
8 TIPS TO REMEMBER ALL YOU HAVE STUDIED
1. Avoid distractions:
When you are studying, avoid any sort of distraction. Find a place void of distraction to study. You can’t be studying in a room where a lot of people are discussing. You can’t be studying in an uncomfortable place. That’s a distraction. When you want to study, turn off every sort of distraction. It could be your mobile phone. Let’s say you are trying to understand an important concept and your phone suddenly rings. What happens next? Of course, you would be distracted and may not assimilate that concept well. When studying, let your mind be glued to what you are studying. If you are the kind of person that loves studying with music, ensure that the volume of the music does not overshadow what you are trying to assimilate.
2. Do not rush things:
This is a very important thing to note. Do not rush while reading. This is why students are advised to start studying long before their exam starts. Rush reading does not pay. I can remember then when I was in my 3rd year in the university. I was so unprepared for this particular course as I had been neglecting it. Two days before the exam, I picked up my note and started reading. The information to be covered was so magnanimous. At the end of the day, I couldn’t cover everything but the few ones I could cover were just rush work. I would say ‘cramming’. When I got to the exam hall, I forgot some important information and I learned my lessons.
3. Teach Others What You Learn:
This is one of the tricks that work for me. I discovered that you can never forget anything you teach to others. Rather than forgetting, you tend to understand the concept well. Anytime I learn a piece of new information, I would look for someone who doesn’t understand and share my knowledge with that person. By so doing, you tend to understand the information better.
4. Read With The Right Purpose:
Haven’t you discovered that most people forget what they have learned after they have written the exam? This is because they read with the wrong purpose. Most students read with the purpose of reading to pass whereas the right purpose should be reading to know. When you read to know, the tendency of you forgetting what you have read is limited. On the other hand, when you read to pass, you put in a lot of pressure and at the end of the day, you remember only a little. If you want to study and not forget, please read to know and not just to pass.
5. Jot Down Some Note:
This is another trick that works for me. When I am reading, I always have a jotter beside me where I jot down some important information. If you can’t get a jotter, you can get a colored marker to highlight important information in your book. This helps you to remember what you have read.
6. Revise, Revise and Revise:
This is another important thing to note. When you study, ensure you go back to what you have read over and over again. Do not read it once and forget about it. Ensure that you truly understand what you have read. The role of revision in remembering what you have studied cannot be overemphasized. Revision plays a great role. If you don’t revise, you tend to forget. Revision entails exposing yourself to a particular topic over and over again. This is why students are advised to start studying long before their exam starts. Because this gives room for revision. When you start reading few days before your exam, you won’t even have the time to revise.
7. Avoid Anxiety:
Exam anxiety is one reason why some students forget what they have studied. When you get to the exam hall, avoid anxiety. Do not be scared. Do not feel as if you haven’t studied well. Just relax and clear your mind. When you get your exam paper, relax even if you see tough questions. Be calm, still, no panic, and answer the questions you know.
8. Go For Hardware Materials:
Due to technological advancement, most learning materials are now available as software. Personally, my lecturers in the university send more softcopy materials than hardcopy material. Well, you should study using hardcopy materials to avoid distraction. Just imagine you are reading a slide on your phone and a notification pops up. What happens next? You become distracted of course.
In a nutshell, it’s possible to remember all that you have studied if only you apply the right strategy.