How to enhance your memory
GATE is one of the most prestigious exam in the country and thus a huge number of aspirants appear every year for the exam. So, the competition to crack GATE with a good AIR is pretty tough. Also, the number of seats in PSUs and top post-graduate colleges is limited so it is quite necessary to attain a decent AIR. As you very well know that most of the subjects at the undergraduate level form a part of GATE curriculum so it becomes quite difficult to retain such a huge database of concepts. It is no surprise that students with a better memory power tend to perform better at it and thus, stand a better chance to get selected. In this article, I discuss certain methods that you can follow to improve your memory.
1) Avoiding stress:
The stress or anxiety is a major enemy of the brain. This reduces the concentration level of the student and it causes the student to lose focus. If you are stressed during the preparation then your mind is mostly diverted and you will not be able to gain anything from whatever you study. This is not very helpful for the students who are trying to remember different concepts and formulae for the exams.
So, whenever you are studying don't be bogged down by the lack of time or vastness of the course but rather study with a cool head so that your efficiency will increase by leaps and bounds.
Understanding the concepts behind the method used for solving has a much greater retention in the mind rather than just mugging up the whole method. Creating a physical picture in the mind helps in remembering how to approach the questions.
Suppose you forget some formula in the examination then you may not be able to solve the question. But if you remember the logical derivation of the formula then you can derive it and also it boosts up your confidence as your concepts are deep rooted and not just limited to formulas.
For building up a memory for a long term, this method seems to be the most efficient. Even after understanding the concept properly, people tend to forget it after some time as memory is a limited resource. The thing we never forget a concept completely but it goes deep into the memory and is not on top of the mind. So, if you face a question it may take a long time to recall the concept and solve the problem. The recent memories tend to remain clearer than a concept learnt a year ago. Therefore, it is needed that we keep revising the old concepts too after a specific interval of time which may vary according to individual capacity.
For this specific aspect we have introduced "K-Notes" which are targeted for quick revision of the concepts in each subject required for GATE. These are a part of Krash 2016 Program
4) Breaking into parts:
It can be easier to remember a problem as a combination of different smaller problems which require relatively simple concepts to solve rather than looking at it as a huge complicated question. Not only does it help in crossing a psychological barrier that is formed, but it also helps in better absorption and thus helps in creating a long-lasting memory.
This technique is especially helpful for core subjects where the problem is lengthier. So, while reading a problem you need to break the problem into smaller parts and try to form an algorithm as to how to approach the problem. This will save your time and increase your confidence as well as accuracy.
5) The method of loci:
This ancient method is also known as the memory palace. It is essentially an art of attaching the new information to the previous facts which we won’t forget easily and building up the new concepts upon them. For example, when reading out a list, we can associate the places they have been allotted to the articles in the list for forming up a chronological sequence in which they should logically occur.
This you may also see in the famous TV Series called "Sherlock Holmes" and believe me when I say that this thing is for real. Like sometimes remembering the flow of concepts in a chapter may help you memorize the formulas.
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