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Top Tips

1. Take a break of 10 minutes for every 50 minutes of work; this will help you retain information.

2. Review your notes (by doing something with the new material - reading, thinking, writing, or talking about it) at the end of the day, giving 10 minutes for every hour of new material you took in and want to retain.

3. Review your notes (see above) at the end of the week, giving 5 minutes to each hour of new material for that week, then giving the same material 2-4 minutes of review at the end of the month.

4. Change subjects or tasks every hour.

5. Avoid cramming by establishing regular study sessions.

6. Structure and re-organize the material you are studying.

7. Elaborate  and rehearse the information you are studying.

8. Visualize concepts to improve memory and recall.

9. Teach new concepts to another person.

10. Relate new information to things you already know.

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VIU Counselling - Memory Techniques - 2 page PDF

Enhance your Wellness

Sleep is an essential ingredient for optimal learning and memory. “The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even your weight. No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort!”

See http://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/how-much-sleep-do-you-need.htm.

For more wellness resources, see https://services.viu.ca/counselling/health-wellness-resources.

Dual Coding: Combine Words and Visuals

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Concrete Examples: Learning Strategy

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Value for Me?

Most students express a wish to be more efficient in their studies. Knowing how your brain takes in and processes information, and then working with this system, will greatly improve your efficiency.

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Metacognition(Infographic)
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Technology Integration

Evernote Peek

Turn your notes, audio and image in Evernote into study materials with Evernote Peek. Prepare for a quiz or brush up on a language by simply lifting your iPad’s Smart Cover, or by using a virtual smart cover.