It's time for the fifth tip of the series! In this tip, we go in depth of memorization, and teach you how to reinforce your memory of academic material.
Let's be real. Often times, diagram memorization is tested. Sometimes it's the process of the Kreb's cycle, other times it's the labeling of photosynthesis patterns. Many students go straight to the diagram and attempt to simply memorize the picture in their mind. However, this requires way more time to reach the same level of memorization as our tip today.
Instead of barreling down the path of wasted time, instead, try to draw out the diagram. WITHOUT the help of the original drawing. Go through this set of steps:
After a few times of this method, you'll find that you will have the whole diagram completely memorized. On your next test, you'll be able to recall from your memory exactly how the picture was depicted, and ace that test.
Why does this method work? Well, let's look at it from a concentration aspect. When you try to recreate the image in your hear, you'll be concentrating on finding every detail from the drawing. This forces your brain to work harder, and will allow it to memorize a lot more. In addition, because when you forget some parts of the diagram, you'll realize where the holes in your memory are. By knowing where the memory lapses are, you'll be able to focus on specifically working on remembering those aspects of the drawing, instead of wasting time to memorize something you already know. Furthermore, through this process, your understanding deepens. Just like rereading the textbook (explained in the last blog post), re-studying a diagram is just as helpful. Each nuance that could have been missed will be remembered, and with each new glance, more information will release from the image. One time, you might see another arrow that you had missed previously. The next time, you might be able to see how the whole process connects together.
I cannot emphasize enough how important this tip is to both success and time conservation. As you enter more and more difficult classes, teachers will ask you to memorize more and more material. Instead of spending hours trying to memorize a diagram without complete success, try this process. I guarantee that by using this process, memory lapses will be a thing of the past.
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