How to Memorize Data for Tests

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Memorizing data for tests is one of the most obnoxious parts of having to take a big exam. Memorize data for tests with help from an experienced chemistry professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Robin Higgins and this is how to memorize data for tests. Alright, so memorizing data can be one of the most obnoxious parts of having to take a big exam, but unfortunately, it's usually necessary especially for Chemistry or other sciences. So, there's no hard and fast way to memorize stuff. If you have your own technique feel free, all run through or few have worked for me in the past. Alright, so one, I always start by consolidating. I look through all the chapters, all the problems, all material I am responsible for and I find every single thing that I have to memorize. And once I have that, I usually write it down on a piece of paper, because essentially I want to be able to look at everything before I start. I don't want to memorize a bunch of grids that are unnecessary and then also have forgotten the crucial one. So, first step, know what you're going to memorize for this test. Okay, so second step is pretty traditional, it's just flash cards. So, this is best if you have a ton of stuff that you're really struggling with to memorize because obviously, making the flash cards themselves takes awhile. So, make sure that when you're actually making the flash cards, you're memorizing and you're having them be useful. And once you make them, only doing five at a time, and then make sure you've mastered those five, put them aside, do another five and then, do all 10 at a time until you've mastered the complete pile. It takes awhile. So, flash cards work, but they're also extremely boring. If you have a partner, one thing you can do is do the ball memorize game. I really need to think of a catchy name for this. But, essentially how it works is let's say, for whatever reason we're trying to memorize elements. Then, I would throw the ball to my partner and as soon as you catch it, you have to say the name of an element. And then, you'll throw it back and then when you catch it again, you have to say a different element. And so, you can go back and forth and this is a good way to kind of have active learning, if you're sitting at your desk and really sleepy, throw the ball back and forth can really work. If you're by yourself, you have no study buddy, you can maybe just throw up in the air, you can catch, try to say the element every time you catch it on your own, or some kind of variation on that. This is a good way to kind of work in, you know, getting some blood pumping. And the last thing is kind of the most obnoxious one and I have only seen a few people really follow it, but it is the most effective way. And this is don't cram. You can definitely get some good studying done when you're cramming, but you're going to have holes in your knowledge doing that instead. So, if you start a few days before the exam, maybe like four days, and you put a few good hours everyday into studying, you're going to memorize it way better than putting four hours the day before the exam into studying, especially memorizing. You're going to burnout. So, these are all my advice. Write down everything you know and know what you're going to memorize before you start. Do flash cards if you're having a struggle. Do the ball bouncing game if you need to get up and get moving. And don't do this a day before the exam. I'm Robin Higgins and this is how to memorize data for tests.


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