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How to boost students retention power for board exams 2024

Vijay GarG *



Tips for students to boost retention power for board exams 2024

Here are some practical and effective strategies to improve your retention power, develop a deeper understanding of subjects, and ensure success in the upcoming Board Exams.

As the Board Exams 2024 approach, students often grapple with the challenge of retaining vast amounts of information. The ability to retain and recall information is not only crucial for exam performance but is also a skill that will serve students well throughout their academic journey.

Here are some practical and effective strategies to improve your retention power, develop a deeper understanding of subjects, and ensure success in the upcoming Board Exams.

UNDERSTANDING RETENTION: Retention is a multi-faceted process that involves encoding, storing, and retrieving information. To improve retention power, adopting holistic approaches encompassing various aspects of your life-style, study habits, and mental well-being is essential. Let's delve into practical tips beyond rote learning, promoting a more profound and lasting understanding of the matter.

1. EFFECTIVE STUDY TECHNIQUES : Mind mapping: Harness the power of visual aids like mind maps to organise information in a structured manner. This technique not only enhances memory but also facilitates the connection of concepts, making it easier to remember intricate details

Active recall: Transform passive reading into an active engagement with the material.

Create flashcards, develop self-made quizzes, or simulate a teaching scenario to reinforce your understanding and retention of concepts

Chunking: Break down complex information into smaller, manageable chunks. By focusing on understanding and memorising one chunk at a time, you'll find it easier to connect related ideas.

2. OPTIMAL STUDY ENVIRONMENT: Minimise distractions: Select a quiet and well-lit study space. Turn off notifications on electronic devices to minimise distractions and create an environment conducive to focused learning

Comfortable seating: Ensure your study area has comfortable seating. A relaxed body promotes better concentration and information retention during prolonged study sessions Regular breaks:

Incorporate short breaks during study sessions. Scientifically proven, the brain's ability to retain information diminishes after a certain period of continuous focus.

3. HEALTHY LIFE-STYLE CHOICES: Adequate sleep: Prioritise 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Sleep plays a crucial role in memory consolidation, allowing your brain to process and store information effectively

Balanced diet: Fuel your brain with a well-balanced diet rich in nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial for cognitive function and memory

Hydration: Stay hydrated throughout the day. Dehydration can negatively impact cognitive functions, including memory and focus.

4. REGULAR EXERCISE: Physical activity - Engage in regular physical exercise. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, promoting the growth of new neurones and enhancing overall cognitive function

Yoga and meditation-Incorporate relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation into your routine. These activities can reduce stress, improve focus, and enhance memory retention.

5. TIME MANAGEMENT: Effective planning - Develop a comprehensive study schedule that allocates sufficient time to each subject. Prioritise challenging subjects during peak concentration hours for optimal understanding and retention

Revision strategy - Regularly revisit previously studied material. Utilise spaced repetition, a technique involving revisiting information at increasing intervals, to reinforce memory and improve long-term retention.

6. SOCIAL SUPPORT: Study groups: Collaborate with classmates by joining or forming study groups. Teaching concepts to others not only solidifies your understanding but also enhances memory retention through active engagement

Family support: Seek encouragement and understanding from your family. Regular discussions about your study goals and progress can provide emotional support and alleviate stress.

7. POSITIVE MINDSET: Affirmations: Cultivate a positive mindset through daily affirmations. Positive self-talk can boost confidence and create a conducive mental environment for effective learning and retention

Visualisation: Visualise success in your exams. Create mental images of yourself confidently answering questions and completing the exams successfully. Visualisation can instil a sense of achievement and motivation

Gratitude: Express your gratitude to everyone helpful in your academic journey thus far, particularly your parents and your teachers. Even if you cannot do it personally, maintain a gratitude journal. Gratitude is a powerful tool, to emotionally charge the brain and make you perform better.

Improving retention power is a gradual and ongoing process that requires dedication and a well-rounded approach. Remember, academic success is not solely about memorisation but about understanding and retaining knowledge for the long term. Consistency and a holistic approach will undoubtedly pave the way for success in the Board Exams 2024.


* Vijay GarG wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was webcasted on 21 February 2024 .



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