Every Matric (SSC) and Intermediate (HSSC) student knows that memorization is rarely necessary, except for formulas and quotes. However, there are times when students have to memorize larger chunks of information at a time. Sometimes these important topics are paragraphs for literature subjects, other times students must memorize entire theories in chemistry or physics. Theorems in mathematics also need to be memorized.
Memorization happens over time. Humans memorize things like names, songs, and other things over the course of time. However, students hardly have enough time to memorize everything at a normal speed.
Dates for board exams are usually announced a month or two before the exams begin. So what can students do to memorize faster?
Here are some methods that actually work for faster memorization:
1. Active reading
Every student knows how to read. But many don’t realize what active reading is. Active reading is quite simple, it’s basically reading with complete focus. You pay attention to sentences that are relevant to your important topics and skim through lines that won’t help in improving your understanding of the topic. With practice, you can even make active reading the way that you always read.
2. Avoiding multitasking
The truth is that multitasking is actually a myth for people. The human mind can’t perform multiple tasks that require cognitive skills at the same time. So, if you think that you can enjoy music or your favorite TV show while reading or solving past papers — you’re wrong. This is especially true for memorization. Your mind needs to pay complete attention to whatever you’re trying to memorize in order to succeed. Stick to one thing at a time.
When teachers tell you that practice makes perfect, they’re absolutely right. This doesn’t apply to math or other tasks exclusively. It also applies to memorization. Vocally repeat the sentences that you need to memorize to yourself while paying attention to the words. Mindlessly repeating anything will just waste your time.
4. Handwriting notes
Studies show that handwriting your notes will let your mind memorize them faster. But, again, you need to pay attention to what you’re writing. If your mind is elsewhere, you’ll just be wasting your time. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that there’s a difference between writing and copying. If you have your solved past papers pulled up on your laptop screen next to you, you’ll just be copying the text. Instead, try relying on your memory.
5. Mnemonics and rhymes
You probably believe that mnemonic and rhymes are elements of your childhood. But, you’ll be surprised by how effective these methods are for memorization — no matter which class you’re in. Intermediate or matric, students can come up with mnemonics and rhymes to memorize formulas and theories. However, this method is usually only effective for formulas and concepts. If you need to memorize text, then the above-mentioned methods will be more helpful for you.
These methods will help matric and intermediate students with faster memorization. As long as you learn how to maintain focus while studying, you will be able to improve your memorization speed. Just reading your past papers over and over again won’t help you memorize important topics.