Study Skills


Tests: Long-Term Memory

The Long Haul Memory Test

Are you able to remember a small amount of information, but your mind goes blank when the test contains more than 10 questions? When studying for tests, you have to use a different part of your brain than when studying for quizzes because you have to remember more information and remember it longer. Try these suggestions for improving your scores on longer tests:

  1. The Journey: A Memorization Technique

    If you have to memorize a list of items (eg. Authors, wars, nucleotides, germs, elements), imagine walking on a journey and seeing objects that remind you of what you’re trying to memorize. Try buildings, railroad tracks, grocery stores, pet stores, lampposts, cars, etc. Associating the picture with the word will improve your memory.

    Study and do well on quizzes. Not only will you have the comfort of a higher grade to fall back upon and ease your anxiety, but you will also understand better what information you need to know for the test.
  2. Study a little every day before the test. Learning a little each day, and reviewing the following days, will cut down on your overall study time. It will also keep you from having big cramming sessions with high stress.
  3. For every study session, set a goal for yourself. How many pages will you learn? How many words will you memorize? How many equations will you complete? Then when you meet your goals, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
  4. Especially before a big test, stick to your study schedule. If you have written down that you will study between two and four, then when someone asks you if you want to play video games, this is the time to stick to your plan. If you don’t have a plan, create a quick one. Otherwise, what's to stop you from putting off studying until never?
  5. Make studying fun. Remember to use what kind of learner you are to your advantage. If you like to talk, plan a study group. If you like to picture everything in your head, draw maps or charts of the material. Do whatever is necessary to internalize the information.
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