For those of you who are doing college classes this summer, or planning to in the fall (or if you’re just a nerd like me who happens to like to learn a lot), here are a couple methods for remembering what you studied for in your classes, increasing your chances overall for passing those exams:
- Chew a particular flavored gum for that subject, and chew that same flavored gum while in class and studying at home, at the library, during your break at work, etc.Studies have shown that when you apply your senses into something you’re learning about (particularly this one is important because it involves taste!), it creates pathways in your brain to associate that flavor of gum with what you’ve already studied. Pretty cool, right?
- When you DO study, don’t lie in bed or get too comfortable–try to recreate your actual exam room the best way you can. This can be typically in a quiet room or library, and sit up on an actual desk while you study. This will also help you remember the important details of your learning, and when exams do come around, those pathways in your brain will be like, “hey, I remember this part–I feel just as uncomfortable testing as I was studying” (Sorry, bad attempt at comedy there).
- Try to study as close to bedtime as possible. I can’t quite remember the study behind this one, but if you do study before you sleep, you’ll have a higher chance of remembering it as your brain is more active when you sleep versus during the day when it’s concentrating on moving your legs, beating your heart, helping you breathe (gotcha there–now you’re breathing manually!), remembering that text your mother sent you, reminding you for the 50th time to pick up some milk on your way home from work–etc.
These tricks I learned from my AP Psychology class in high school, by one of my most favorite teachers of all time, Mr. Conner. If he happens to see this, I wanted to say, thank you for exposing me to psychology and just being so awesome. I hope you are enjoying your retirement!
I hope these tips help in your studies!