About Memorization

Learned this the other day in BioPsych:

The reason why flashcards are a great way to memorize concepts and terms is because when you study with them, you make your brain work hard to retrieve information from your memory.The more you do this, the better it stays in your long-term memory.

—> To remember things better, you must make yourself retrieve that information several times. 

This is also the reason why simply reading over your notes a thousand times won’t help you study. Because you’re not working hard to retrieve any information, the info is not consolidated in your long-term memory and stays in your working memory (only up to 5 seconds max).

  • Johanna

    This works even better (at least for me) when I learn with different senses.
    E.g. for anatomy, I draw the muscles on my flashcards, I write down the origin, , function and innervation, and if there’s anything special. Then I read them out loud, and when I study them or repeat what I studied before, I actually say the information that I still remember out loud. This may seem stupid or funny, but it actually helps, because I learn in three different ways – by writing it down, by drawing/looking at the pcitures, by saying/hearing it…
    and it gets even better when you repeat by explaining it to someone different, or by showing where the muscles are (at the own body or at a skeleton…)

    I know this was basically for med students, but it works for nearly every subject! :)