So it’s April Fool’s on April 1, 2011. And I was definitely fooled…by myself that is…
As I was about to get on the bus on April 1, I realized that my April bus pass is still sitting on my desk at home. This resulted in me having to go home to retrieve it and making me late by having to wait for the next bus (30 minutes later). This is similar to the student life, when you’ve studied a lot (like my April bus pass, which is ready for use) but when the test comes (like my bus arriving), you’ve forgotten what you studied.
However, sometimes you may be secretly sabotaging yourself without even knowing it. Have you ever thought that you can’t memorize the information necessary for an exam? If so, you should think again.
Studies have shown that up to 90% of your ability to learn is determined by your belief that you can (outside of any obvious physical handicaps – like brain missing).
Think about the things you “know” you can NOT learn. Way before you even tried to start memorizing, a mechanism in your brain has already shut off any possibility of you learning it. Now pick one thing you’ve been trying to memorize, but just can’t seem to. Hold that in your mind. Now start paying attention to what you’re saying to yourself. Are you saying, “I’ve been trying to memorize this, but it never works, maybe I’ll just give up”?
If so, I want you to approach the material with a new perspective. Pretend that it’s something you’ve never tried to memorize before. If you haven’t tried yet, how do you know you can’t memorize it? So, start by saying to yourself, “I know I can memorize this, I just know it!”
Remember this feeling next time you feel completely blocked off from taking in information for your next exam. Then ask yourself, “How can I believe in myself more so I can study this?”
What are your thoughts on memorization? Share them with us!