Re: Improve Your Memory For The GAMSAT
Oh God, tomorrow is the exam! Will I remember what I have studied? This fear haunts many students. Now, don’t fear friend. You can remember what you study.
Provided, you use those study methods that help your brain to remember better.
It is important that students achieve the best marks possible in their undergraduate degree as this can have a great impact on their medical school acceptance. Universities in Australia and the UK take into consideration both GPA and GAMSAT score when selecting which students to interview. So it is just as crucial to ace your undergraduate subject as it is to ace the GAMSAT.
Here are five ‘Brain-friendly’ study methods that have helped me improve my memory and achieve a GPA of 6.5 in Medical Science.
1. Study with short breaks
Take short breaks while studying. Do not study continuously for more than 30 to 45 minutes.
Give a break of five to ten minutes in between two sessions.
Such short breaks give rest to your brain and help it to reinforce what you are learning. This will make it easy for you to understand more and remember better.
Do not read any new information during these short breaks. Just relax or walk around.
2. Explain to yourself
Explain what you study to yourself. Pretend you are both the student and the teacher, and try to explain the chapter or study topic to yourself.
This kind of ‘explaining’ automatically helps you to learn the subject in detail. Hence you will remember it clearly.
Discuss important study topics with a willing classmate. Holding such discussion will jog your memory. This is like another form of revision.
Also, you will become aware of important points about those study topics. This will help both you and your classmate to learn more and remember more.
4. Sleep well
Yes, sleep cosily. Good sleep is essential for good memory.
Recent research has shown that lack of sufficient sleep interferes with memory function. Because during sleep and rest period, our brain processes and consolidates information which it records during the day.
So do not skip sleep; especially during the exam days. Sleep for at least six hours. Eight hours is best.
5. Eat Well
Now what has eating got to do with remembering more? Simple. What we eat affects our brain’s performance. Poor nutrition leads to learning and memory problems.
So make sure you include nutrient-rich food items like–whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and milk in your diet. This will keep your brain healthy and happy.
The above five remedies are easy to follow. They definitely help to strengthen your memory and achieve more success in your studies.
Some students with a high GPA have been accepted into Medical school with a GAMSAT score of 55-60. So to have the best chance of being accepted into Medical school study your heart out and implement these 5 remedies.
Even if it means not going out on weekends or having a social life weeks before exam time… It will all be worth it in the end!