Best Study Techniques

“I can’t remember what I read!”

“Anytime I take a test, my mind goes blank!”

“Why am I failing this course?”

We all forget important things, students and non-students alike. This occurs when information is not transferred into the long-term memory (Østby & Østby, 2018).

Have you noticed that there are certain things that you do not forget?

Today, I am going to give you five best study techniques.


Tip No. 1: You cannot remember it, if you do not understand it!

It is important to make connections and make relations to new information. For example, before reading the signs and symptoms of a disease, it is important to make connections and understand the reason why the disease causes the signs and symptoms.


Tip No 2. Create a mental picture

For example, to understand the physiology of the heart, it is important for you to create a mental picture of the heart and the pathway of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood through the lungs, heart and body. If you find it difficult to create a mental picture, utilize visual aids such as concept mapping or a drawing (picture).

Talk it Out!

Tip No. 3: Talk about it.

Remember when you used to talk to your dolls as a child and teach them? Well, the same rule applies here. Talk about what you have learnt. It might be to yourself, a friend, a family or a colleague. For example, to remember nursing interventions for a medical diagnosis, it would be effective if you practice by telling others about what your nursing interventions would be when a patient is presented with this diagnosis.


Tip No. 4: Create a word.

An acronym is a word that you make from the first letters of a list of words. You can even use it to form a sentence. It is fun and easy. For example, the cranial nerves. “Oh, Once One Takes The Anatomy Final Very Good Vacations Are Heavenly.”


Tip No. 5: Say it repeatedly!

If you want to remember it, you must practice it. It does not mean that you must sit and repeat the same information for 2 hours. However, here are some tips you can follow:

1. Learn the information: read it, say it, write it or even draw it.

2.Take a break and do something else and get back to it.

3. Find times during the day to repeat the information that you have learnt.

Let’s recap.

The five study techniques are to understand it, visualize it, talk about it, create a word and repeat it.

Thank you for joining us on: Best Study Techniques.

Be sure to check out our previous blog post on “Note Taking Strategies.”

Next Blog Post: Cramming Effects.

Stay Tuned!


Østby, H., & Østby, Y. (2018). Adventures in Memory: The Science and Secrets of Remembering and Forgetting. Vancouver: Greystone Books.

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