These tips are gathered from the book of Norwegian professor, Professor Arild Raaheim in his book «Tips and Advice for Students» (directly translated
from “Råd og tips for deg som skal studere”).
How to Remember Facts?
The book separates between
learning facts, understanding material and analytical knowledge and
skills. You may use for instance ‘Mnemo techniques’ to remember facts.
One form of such a technique could be to connect information and images
to create a story.
- We must be focused to be able to perceive and store
relevant information. In other words, we need to know how we function in
different situations and what distracts us so that we can learn to
remove these factors.
- Become aware of what you usually remember
from different situations and use this in your learning: Are you a
person who remembers faces or do you more often remember names? Your
feelings are connected to your memory and learning abilities: It’s
important to create enthusiasm for the material you are supposed to
- We learn much better when we are in a positive mood or state of
- There are some concrete questions you may ask yourself when
you work independently during lectures and before exams, to better find
out which learning methods you should use.
Find out where, when and how you learn best: By taking notes? Reading
one book at a time? Through all-out effort? Study groups?
2) Enter the role as a student actively, organise your time and the place to study according to that
3) Take breaks, also from the Internet
4) Accept that things don’t always happen according to the plan. Check what you have learned regularly to keep calm
5) What do you need to focus on?
6) Think ahead, make weekly schedules. Look forward to what lies ahead!
7) Work actively with the subject through thinking, reading, writing and talking about it
8) Boast yourself, reward yourself
9) Talk positively to yourself, not negatively
10) Don’t listen to everything your fellow students say, be critical
11) Use the library actively
12) It’s a good idea to have an unpaid job or organisation membership – when you have less time you become more focused
13) Spend time with your friends
14) Use your study advisor and other available sources to help plan your studies and career
Don’t push yourself to read when you don’t feel like it, try to find
the reason why you don’t feel like it and work with that
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