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Six Memory Tips to Help You Study Smarter

Aug 7, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice to remember every detail you read or study? The fact is, for most of us, that’s just not the case. However, there are things you can do to help boost your memory and retain more of what you’ve learned. Here are six tricks to help you remember information:

  1. Take a walk before the test: Did you know that even a small amount of exercise can boost your memory? Studies show that about 20 minutes of exercise before an exam can improve performance.
  2. Read out loud as you study: It might not be the best thing to do in a quiet library, but the fact is you are 50 percent more likely to remember something that you say aloud compared to just reading.
  3. Space your study sessions: Research shows that spacing out study sessions over a longer period of time improves long-term memory. Another great reason not to procrastinate!
  4. Take a nap: A Harvard study found that people who took a 90-minute nap after learning a task performed 50 percent better over a 24-hour period than the group that didn’t get any sleep.
  5. Teach what you’ve learned: Teaching something requires a lot of concentration and focus, which helps to boost your recall. Plus, you can help a friend learn at the same time!
  6. Test yourself: Making yourself recall information through practice tests and quizzes is another effective way to strengthen your long-term retention. You can practice with real TOEFL® test questions here.

Train your brain and help build your retention skills with this fun online memory game