Distance learning courses are a great way to boost a career or even change careers, but get ready for studying and testing. Part of the studying process is memorization, which comes as a natural talent for some people. Others have to work at it. If you have trouble memorizing facts and important information, here are five tips to help you focus and memorize for better test scores.
1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep resets many of the body’s functions including the brain. Sleep is somewhat of a healing time for the brain that allows it to rest and recharge. If you don’t sleep well, you do yourself a disservice as your body (and brain) are unable to recharge. A lack of sleep can also cause numerous health problems. When you sleep well, your brain is able to read, comprehend, retain and retrieve information much easier.
2. Read Through the Material First
Most distance learning courses have a textbook or written material that you need to read and study. Before you do any studying, read the material through the first time around. Casually read through the material before you decide to commit it to memory. This will help you remember it better when you go back through the material. When you read through the material first, then studying and memorizing it is more of a ritual of refreshing your memory rather than learning new concepts. This will help you remember and retrieve the information better in the future.
3. Summarize Your Information
You might have three chapters to study before a test, and these three chapters can be hundreds of pages. Memorizing hundreds of pages is nearly impossible, so you must summarize the information and organize it according to priority. You can prioritize information by its difficulty or the likelihood that it will be on your test. The way you summarize and organize your information is your choice, but just make sure it’s organized in a way that makes it easy for you to go back and study the information.
4. Write Down Important Facts and Phrases
After you’ve read the material and organized it, take notes and write down the most important facts and phrases. This step builds on your reading and organization to again solidify the information in your memory. Some students learn through reading and writing better than hearing the information. If you are one of these students, writing information on paper helps with the memorization process.
5. Eat a Healthy Breakfast before Taking a Test
Sleep and food are the brain’s way of fueling itself. The day of a test or when you need to retrieve what you’ve learned, have a healthy breakfast after a good night’s sleep. It will help your brain function better, which means that you can retrieve data more easily when you need to — specifically, for tests and exams.
Online courses are much more convenient, but you still need to take the time to learn the material and memorize it for exams. Use these steps to better memorize the material you need to know.