and Managing Anxiety
A certain level of anxiety is helpful as it inspires one to take action
and study. However, too much anxiety can lead to avoidance behavior as one may procrastinate,
or it may cause one too freeze during test time. This can lead to going “blank”
during the test—all of a sudden your forget everything, perhaps you lose your
ability to focus, your heart starts beating faster, and you become more panicked
and flustered. You may find that you run out of time or are unable to complete
problems you have already studied.
Individuals differ in their learning styles. Below you will
find descriptions of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. However,
remember that they are just categories and things are not always so cut and
dry. Individuals can have a predominant learning style and yet display
characteristics of the other learning styles.
Your learning style may be the single most important key to improving your grades.
Students learn in many ways, like seeing, hearing, and experiencing
things first hand. But for most students, one of these methods stands
5 Healthy Ways to Improve Learning, Memory, and Concentration
Do not underestimate the power of regular exercise. It helps increase oxygen to your brain and releases endorphins, which help reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance memory. Some studies have also shown that exercise may cause neurogenesis, which is the creation of new neurons.
2. Reduce Stress:
Long term stress produces a hormone called cortisol which can have damaging effects on the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
How to Improve Memory
Memory formation can be divided into three phases: acquisition, storage, and retrieval.
Once something is encoded into memory, the memory remains stored. The problem is not that the memory is gone, but that the connection or retrieval path cannot be accessed. Think of memory as a city. The more routes and modes of transportation you have to this city, the easier it is to access this place. Once you have traveled this route, you are less likely to get lost on subsequent trips and no longer need to rely on directions and a map, especially regarding trips you have made recently and frequently.