I have a problem in studing which is forgeting the materials I study, so I hope you show me the best way for controlling them,htanks thanks for any one who will help me***

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One way to prevent forgetting while you study is to study a little every day.  This way, you have more time to practice before you need to take the test.  Then, you can keep studying every day until the test.  As you get closer, focus on the information you're forgetting.

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As others have said, the first step involves you figuring out the type of study techniques that work best for your learning style. Then find lots of ways to incorporate those practices into your study time.

If you learn best by seeing things, note cards may be helpful - color coded for different subjects, highlighting or underlining for most important points, numbered in order of importance, mounted on posterboard, whatever gets it visual for you!

If you learn best by hearing - read aloud, record what you're reading and replay it, if your textbooks include access to the internet and someone reading the text take advantage of listening to that reader, talk aloud as you're thinking through answers to review questions, tell others (even if they are your pets) what you have learned and what it means, and so on.

If you learn best by doing, find ways to make your learning physical. Write your notes using a finger on sandpaper as well as writing on note cards, retype your notes in a different font, make a diorama or mobile that displays your notes physically (and remember to study it frequently!), create a PowerPoint program to review your information and any illustrations or music or effects that help you make associations and remember the material.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would suggest (where applicable) that you should not simply try to memorize the things that you are studying.  Instead, I would suggest trying to use the facts that you are studying in as many ways as possible.

For example, if you are trying to learn vocabulary, don't just try to memorize definitions.  Instead, try to use the words in sentences of your own making.  If you are studying history, instead of trying to memorize dates, try to put the dates in order on a timeline.  By doing different things with the facts, you will force your brain to think about them in more ways and you will be able to remember them better than if you simply try to memorize them.

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askteacherz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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My suggestions are to use what it called SQR3: Survey, Question, Recite, Read and. Review. The web site that elaborates on this method is attached. I am of the opinion that you use note cards as well. Additionally create key word symbolizations (JEL = the branches of government: Judicial, Executive and Legislative.) Lastly it is vital to not wait until the night before a test to study. Always start many days in advance; break up the material into more digestible portions.
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Wiggin42 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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The reason why you keep forgetting what you studied is probably because you cram for exams the night before. Instead of spending for long hours infrequently, try studying for a shorter period of time, but more frequently. Studying a little bit each night and reviewing the previously learned material is the key to remembering what you studies. 

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taangerine | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Make flashcards to help you study. Throughout the day and whenever you have time, briefly review the lesson plans and ask questions from your fellow peers when needed. Rewrite your notes into a separate notebook to understand information and concepts more. Study a little bit in the morning to retain information as well. 

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Write it down somewhere what you are trying to remember. Quiz yourself on it and try to retain the information and remember it whenever you can. Take online tests or practice tests and make flashcards. 

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Sometimes I forget what i'm studying too. I can't help it when I have to learn other things in school or there are things in my personal life going on. As a student, in order for me to learn the information, I have to study it everyday so that, on other days, I also catch what information I learned on previous days and what information I missed out on. It's okay, I make flash cards or take very detailed notes because i'm a visual learner and I need to see what i'm learning. Take a test online to see what type of a learner you are and research what study skills are useful for you.

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zeenaali | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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I have a problem in studing which is forgeting the materials I study, so I hope you show me the best way for controlling them,htanks 

thanks for any one who will help me***

Something that always helped me is making rhymes or linking my work to something that you like and always will remember so when you think of it or see it you will remember your work.

Another thing is making acronyms with certian things you need to remember.

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fawadphysics | (Level 1) eNoter

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SAME PROBLEM: first of all I would like to tell you that I encountered the same problem when I was a student. now I m an educationest and have done masters in ma subject.


DETECTION: I dont know exactly what is your level

  • there are few things which needs rote memorization(not  evereything) e.g u will memorize alphabets, numbers and tables.
  • some other material need be understand...pick up a topic....set on internet....search out its interseting parts and discuss its difficult ones....watch many videos regarding the topic and just try to understand ur topic notmemorize it every time...
  • associate the difficult and those section (which u r sure that u will forget) with some of other ideas...infact there are different rooms in our mind regarding each and every information that is alrady stored....u can make new rooms or u can store new information in old rooms.....for later u will have to associate the new information with the old ones....
  • chunk the information i.e break them into pieces and then try and make ur effort on those small parts only at one time.
  • keep the importance of those things in ur mind which u want to remember because if ur mind is not ready for anything to be important it will never store.
  • still any confusion message me back i will be happy to guide u
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americangenius | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Well, in class write down the things you think you need to critically study, then what I would do is know the due date that you would have to have this stuff down. If it's days later then don't cram everything into one study session. But if it's due the next day try to take breaks inbetween, then come back and quiz yourself on what you just studied if you have it down move on to the next subject. If that doesn't work then I suggest you do what some americans do is say it over and over again your head untill you get it down.  

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Here are some little things to add which are guaranteed to help:

1) One of the best ways to lock something in is to re-explain it to somebody else (until they get it). The harder you have to work to help someone else "get it" the more you will own it. (little kids are great here ;-) )

2) Know what kind of learner you are! Some people are audio (learn by listening) others are oral (meaning:speak it "to own it") some are only visual (meaning 1 must see or read it) & others have to write it out... Most people are a hybrid of any of those... Pay attention to what things you do remember easily, not the things you care about, but odd stuff you just pick up...(everyone does) where did it come from? Did you hear it? Copy it down? Repeat it? Read it? Knowing will help. I read books into a tape-recorder & taped lectures & played it 24/7 thru earbuds no matter what i was doing

3) Try to drink gatorade when you study, proper hydration and electrolytes help the synapses in your brain function. Bananas, water and orange juice are great too, andeat lots of protein, particularly fish!!!

4) Chew gum while studying! It gets you into a subconscious rhythm condusive to memory! (it's true! ... But please don't swallow it, and dispose of it properly & considerately :-D)

Excellent ideas tantesaka!

On point #2 I would add making note cards and using colored markers to write down key points you want to remember. You can flip through for a quick review. For vocab words put the word on one side and definition on the other.

Sing or make up songs to remember lists of things. Make it into a rhyme or rap. Type it in to a computer. They say that you are most likely to remember things that you see, hear and write/type. It puts them into your memory several different ways. Also reviewing things you really want to remember the hour before bedtime puts them into your brain.

Here is a great article on more ways to boost your memory!


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krcavnar | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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My study method consists of equal, daily study. Before my first class i read the first assignment in the textbook and make a rough topic outline. After the first class I will fill in my topic outline with information from the textbook along with my notes. About a week before the exam I reduce my outline to 4x8 note cards. Each card should contain all the information needed for a particular topic/concept. Three to four days prior to the exam I again condense the information on my 4x8 note cards to 3x5 cards. The 3x5 cards should primarily consist of topical words, bullet points, and acronyms. I memorize each 3x5 card like flash cards. Using the material each day allows for maximum learning and permanent placement within your brain each night when you sleep. I have found that this type of system allows me to go into a test and actually recall the exact page of text that a particular concept was located.

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tantesaka | (Level 1) eNoter

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5) Sleep!!! Long term memory does not begin to set in until one has been asleep for hours! Cell repair, renewal and generation happen first... After all that then the brain begins to set in long term memory...

6) Finally: music... Music is great, and can help, but while studying no lyrics! (oh, no tv or texting either :-))

Oh- & try to study in natural or non-fluorescent -type light. Much of the energy saavy light vibrates (you wouldn't even notice) but it interferes w/tracking & memory

You'll do great!

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