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Use smart techniques

Shweta Chaudhry (16) is dogged by several worries. But there is one in particular that is she losing sleep over.

delhi Updated: Feb 16, 2010 00:15 IST
HT Correspondent

Shweta Chaudhry (16) is dogged by several worries. But there is one in particular that is she losing sleep over.

Chaudhry, who is going to take her Class X Boards next month, is afraid that during the examination, she won’t recall what she has studied.

Kumar’s fear is common. And the solution lies in smart learning techniques and not memory pills, say counsellors.

Doctors, in fact, are not in favour of indiscriminate consumption of memory enhancers.

“There is no research to show such medicines work. Studying with complete concentration, in fact, is a sure shot way of remembering,” said Rajesh Sagar, a psychiatrist with AIIMS.

“Recall is a problem because students do not revise what they have studied within 24 hours,” said Geetanjali Kumar, a counsellor with CBSE.

Though there is no substitute for good concentration, diet and adequate sleep, there are certain techniques that can help improve one’s recall.

Mnemonics, for instance, is a common and very effective learning aid.

Instead of resorting to rote learning, you can divide your answer into simple keywords and then make a word out of the first letter of each key word.

VIBGYOR is a classic example, which stands for all the colours of the rainbow.

Drawing flowcharts and keeping a ready reckoner of important points is also quite helpful.

“It is important that one identify his/her weakness and then work on it. If there are certain formulae you forget often, write them down and put it up on your cupboard, so that it’s reinforced whenever you look at it,” added Kumar.

Singing helps too. Set your points to a certain tune. If the ABC song helped you learn your alphabets, then this too should work.

“Drink enough water and get physical exercise. The brain should get enough oxygen and water to help your memory and concentration,” said Kumar.