Memorize from general to specific
Study the big picture, then learn the details. Learning and memorization are like
the process is not very effective when the small end is at the top.
Cramming does not work!
Cramming for an exam only commits the information to your short term memory. You
forget what you never really learned.
Four basic reasons why we forget pieces of information
1. Don't use the information
2. Confuse it with other information
3. Decide the information does not match what you already believe
4. Never really learned the information in the first place
Keys to remembering
1. Be interested. Pay attention. Consciously choose to remember. Establish need
2. Visualize. Picture in your mind what you wish to remember.
3. Relate. Relate and form associations between the new ideas and information you
wish to remember and information, ideas, persons, things, etc. that you already
4. Repeat. Even though something is initially learned it will more than likely be
forgotten if not over learned. Be sure to repeat information in your own words.
Our friendly SSS staff is available to answer your questions!
John DonaldsonDirector, Student Support Services
Pam HilleryTutor Coordinator, Student Support Services