Ways to Learn Without Forgetting

The human mind has varieties of information to process every day, and it wouldn’t be out of place to leave out some vital detail(s) in the course of doing so. Most times, people tend to forget certain things either because they were not focused in the first place or they simply had many tasks to recall, which makes it difficult to recall everything.

Students are the most affected when it comes to forgetting things they earlier leant. This had over time contributed to the dwindling academic fortune of students, because they find it hard to remember what they studied?

Why do I forget what I learned?

A number of reasons contribute to that. It could be lack of concentration during classes, inability to implement good study habits, or as stated earlier, the huge amount of information to go through on a daily basis.

Whichever is the case, you ought to learn without forgetting. What do you do when the bucket of water in your home continues to leak anytime you fill it with water?  We bet that you would either fix the bucket or get a new one. That is exactly what we would be doing here. Read on to discover the three (3) ways to learn or study without forgetting.

  1. Develop a Positive Study Habit

Do you realise that one of the reasons why you failed to learn effectively is because you are actually wasting your time all the while? Consider it this way: students have much schoolwork to do and most times, they have little time to study. In addition, they tend to engage in memorising rather than studying. These and many other negative study habits kick against the efforts to remember what was learnt.

It is never too late to retrace those steps and one good way to start is by developing a positive study habit. The tips below would aid you on that:

  • Be Patient

You need to understand that learning is a gradual phase that needs time. Therefore, you have to assure yourself that you can learn the subject-matter. While at that, ensure that you are patient to enhance the smooth transition from the learning phase to the recalling stage at the end of studying.

  • Choose a  Good Study Area

Your location of study also matters. The rule is to choose a secluded or non-noisy place where you would have the tranquillity to do your research. You don’t necessarily need to opt for an open area because you can create such a space in your home.

  • Pick Your Study Time

How much time would be enough to go through a specific portion of your study materials? Decide on this and create a calendar or routine to guide you through the studies.

  • Be Organised

The success of your study and ability to recall largely depends on you. Hence, it is important that you remain organised. Some helpful tips to achieve this is by maintaining an organised study environment and keeping your study materials handy.

  1. Engage in Active Learning

Learning is not an easy task, how much more being active in one? Yet, you can become an active learner if you choose to. This would later translate to helping you recall what you learnt. So, what do you need to become an active learner?

  • Teach Someone Else

The rule of the thumb is to engage in active teaching even as a student. This trick has over time, paid off because many students tend to become active learners at the end of the teaching session. So, what is the trick in teaching someone else as a way to learn without forgetting?

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The fact is that you tend to make mistakes when teaching others. As a newbie in the field of teaching, you may find it hard to stick to the prerequisite teaching modules, such as being audible and reeling points by heart. That is where the trick comes in. You would realise your mistakes and try to fix them.

Besides, the goal is to instruct the target audience. With this in mind, you tend to do away with traditional learning methods like cramming and replacing the same with conscious learning to teach your target audience.

  • Take a Practice Test

Constant practice tends to help you learn without forgetting. The idea is to take practice tests at intervals to figure out the topics you have mastered and the ones you need to study.

  • Take Notes when Necessary

Practical learning demands note-taking. Ensure that you have a notebook beside you when studying to help you jot down important points when learning. With these “key points” in sight, you wouldn’t find it hard to refresh your memory, as you can quickly deduce ideas by glancing at the noted points.

  1. Use Memory Aids

Students are humans, and tend to forget things easily if memory aids are not there to help in the recalling process. It is ideal that you engage in rhymes or make use of mnemonic devices to facilitate the comprehension.

  • Use Mnemonic Devices

Mnemonic devices in this instance are devices that help you recall important information like dates and names by converting the same to a sentence or memorable rhyme.

You may also want to use rhymes to recall what you read. The rule here is to pick out those important details and rephrase them in the form of a rhyme, which is usually in an audio format. While at that, it is also possible to incorporate numbers into the rhyme. This is efficient when you have multiple items to recall.

  • Create a Mental Memory Tree

A mental memory tree is important as one of the viable ways to learn without forgetting. The process involves creating a mental tree with branches and leaves, which would help you recall facts faster.

  • Get Enough Sleep

Sleep always plays an important role in facilitating your study. Ideally, sleeping for the recommended number of hours or taking naps in the day would help you relax while improving your ability to recall.

Learn Without Forgetting

Studying ought to be a medium of maximum learning. Therefore, it is important that you use the right learning approaches to make the most out of your studies. We hope you found the above tips useful and would apply them in your future studies.