Sometime last semester before the corona break, a course mate of mine walked up to me and said “Come babe, who’s that Baba you do meet?”
Another time, a friend blurted out “Ah, Fayv you’re a WITCH o”. I remember laughing until my stomach hurt on both on occasions. They were actually referring to my “photographic” memory. Now, I owe all glory to God because it is with His guidance that I’ll share with y’all SECRETS to a GREAT MEMORY.
Firstly, every human learns and has their learning style. It is with identifying your learning style that your brain learns best and is able to retain information efficiently.
There are different types of learners:
Reading and writing learners
Visual learners absorb information best when they can visualize relationships and ideas. Maps, charts, diagrams and even essays work well for visual learner. These set of people love seeing as they learn.
Auditory learners are all ears. They tend to prefer listening to information rather than reading it or seeing it visually displayed. As they study, they tend to speak out or converse about it with someone. They grasp faster this way.
Kinesthetic learners learn best with “movement”. These set of people get fidgety if they sit for long periods. They move about, grab things etc. Sometimes even being physically engaged like skipping a rope (Who remembers the movie: “Akeelah and the bee”?), tossing a ball etc helps them retain info better.
Reading and writing learners are extremely comfortable with the written word. They prefer consuming information by reading texts and can further absorb info by condensing and rephrasing it. This is the “brain-hand phenomenon”. This set of learners can easily trigger memory of any particular information they pen down.
Now reading this, you already know the type of learner you are. You may learn with more than one style but ask yourself, “Is this learning style really what I like and enjoy doing?”
If you study and do not enjoy it while you are it, you will never be able to recollect what you actually read and you will end up just cramming. Have you ever read a book for two or more hours, and when you begin to quiz yourself on what you actually read, you can’t seem to remember more than two lines? Does that happen when you find the content boring or interesting?
I am majorly a reading and writing learner and sometimes, a visual learner. Nevertheless, do you know what I do? I make the most of other learning styles and that is the KEY to a great retentive memory.
In level one, I studied Organic chemistry by Visual learning (drawing structures) and auditory learning (having conversations with others and teaching too). I also studied Math with Pop music, it helped charge my brain cells to be more active and alert (friends knew me and my headset then)
In level two, I study anatomy and biochemistry by Rapping and using my imaginative abilities to the fullest. My roommates know much I rap the brachial plexus and bones of upper extremities to their ears. I use my imaginative abilities to picture how the blood cells wiggle through permeable capillaries for physiology topics. I make studying fun for myself.
For a retentive memory, recognize your learning style. That should be your main style. Work with it more, but be flexible, try other learning styles that you enjoy (you can have different learning styles for different subjects). Your brain loves fun. Just like a child, when you tap the child to play even from sleep. The child jerks up excitedly. Why? Because it’s fun. This is same with your brain. Don’t make learning a boring process. Sweeten it and other people will call you ‘WITCH’ too
Got value? What learning strategies do you use for study time?
Share in the comment box. I want to learn from you too.
Written by Favour Ikharo, Bayero University Kano, Kano State, NIGERIA.