Sneha Kumar is dogged by several worries. But there is one particular issue that the 16 year old most frets over.
Kumar, who is gearing up for her Class X boards, is haunted by the fear of forgetting all she has studied. “Even though I have studied the syllabus once already, I feel that I won’t remember my answers while writing the paper,” she said.
Kumar’s concern is typical, say experts. Geetanjali Kumar, a counsellor with CBSE, in fact, is inundated with several such calls. Contrary to what students like to hear, memory pills are not the solution. Junk the pills and embrace some smart memorisation techniques, say counsellors.
Doctors warn against indiscriminate consumption of memory enhancers. “Any psychotropic medicine will have side effects. Plus there is no research that proves that these pills really work,’ said psychiatrist Neena Bohra at Moolchand Hospital.
Learning techniques can help boost memory, say experts. “First and foremost anything you study needs to be revised within the first 24 hours. Research has shown this improves your chances of recalling your answers accurately, ” added Kumar.
While studying a topic it’s best you steer clear of rote learning. Instead of learning each and every line of an answer you should divide it into simple points and then make a word out of the first letter of the key word of every point. The acronym VIBGYOR is a classic example.