Why Can't I Remember What I Revise

Why Can’t I Remember What I Revise?

If you have ever asked yourself ” Why Can’t I Remember What I Revise?” then you are not alone, this is the most common question that we get asked. It is usually followed by a description that regardless of the amount of time spent on revision the information just isn’t sticking in their head.

You might think that your “brain is broken” or that you are “no good at exams” or that your “memory is poor”, However, in today’s blog, we’ll explore the reasons why it can feel tricky to remember the content of your studies or to retain information ready for exam day.

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Why Is It Hard to Remember Anatomy Revision?

You might think that your “brain is broken” or that you are “no good at exams” or that your “memory is poor”, however, it turns out that the biggest reason for low memory recall is not any of these things… instead it comes down to these three main causes:

Cause 1: Your Brain is Super Efficient For Survival

The human brain is wired to ensure we survive, and it is still running the same software as it was 100s of thousands of years ago. Our neanderthal brain became really efficient at remembering key information that would help us to survive, such as the location of water, shelter, how to hunt for food etc.

This still applies today

You can see that your brain will de-prioritize memorizing anatomy facts in preference of retaining information that will promote our survival.

If you have all of your ducks in a row and have organized the “survival” parts of your world, with less stress or memory required re: income, food, and family… you will find it easier to remember your anatomy revision

Cause 2: It’s how you are studying

Everyone has a unique learning style, and it is important to find what works for you rather than relying on what you have been given, or how you used to study many years ago.

Most fitness professionals are kinesthetic or visual learners. A kinesthetic learner likes to write out their notes, or draw items. They will often like to answer mock questions and learn from questioning.

Whereas a visual learner, likes strong visual images and diagrams, videos, clearly labeled diagrams and clear steps to follow.

Try lots of different learnign styles and gauge what you find easiest to learn from and more enjoyable. Then focus mostly on using that method.

Cause 3: Brain DOMS

Just like we experience Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness after a challenging workout, we also experience Delayed Onset Memory Soreness after a challenging revision session.

Let’s say you go to the gym and get a Personal Best on your back squat. The next 2-3 days after your leg muscles are sore, swollen and you can feel the diminished performance. The performance output reduces to the point you can’t even stand up off the toilet, let alone do another Back Squat PB. Your muscle fibres are in recovery, and your performance is diminished.

After a challenging revision session, you may find you get diminished memory performance straight after or for a few days after learning … but it doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten everything forever.

How Can I Remember What I Revise Or Study?

NOw you know some of the causes for your diminished memory after a Revision session, let’s dive into 4 clear tips that you can use to improve revision memory:

Memory Tip 1: Get Organised

Organise the rest of your world, so you don’t have to remember anything other than your revision. This could simply be a brain dump of key things you need to do, or writing key events in your diary/calendar or setting an alarm to remind you to eat or leave the house etc. This will free up your mind to focus on your revision

Memory Tip 2: Simplify

Simplify your revision notes to one page using bullet points and imagery. This is much easier to recall than re-writing the manual with paragraphs of information.

Memory Tip 3: Learning Style

Mix up your learning styles, using a mixture of video, audio, quizzes and reading. When you find a method that suits you, make most of your revision of this learning style.

Memory Tip 4: Rest and Recovery

Rather than cramming in lots of revision or using long stints of study, allow for well-structured rest and recovery. This will help you achieve optimal memory.

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Hayley “Why Can’t I Remember What I Revise?” Bergman

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