I know the feeling. “Heaven help me” is what you are thinking right? You have 3000 tons of notes to cover and only 24 hours in the day. You read day and night – sustained by the power of coffee – but you want to cry because it seems the more you read the less you remember! *cue frustrated scream*
From London, to Florida, to South Africa, to Kingston – all across the world, there is one desire that all students share as they approach exams. Every student is eager to know that ONE secret to doing better in the exam room. Well, this may not be the ONE magical secret, but it certainly is a big deal and may significantly boost your chances if you try it out.
Rather Interesting Sleep Study
How the smurfs did they come up with that idea? Well, the randomly assigned some 207 student participants various words to study and then tested the participants at 30 minutes, 12 hours or 24 hours later. The group found that ‘at the 24-hour retest, when all the students had gotten a full night’s sleep and then had a full day of being awake, the students with superior memories were those who had slept shortly after learning, rather than those who had a full day of being awake after learning.’
The full study entitled “Memory for Semantically Related and Unrelated Declarative Information: The Benefit of Sleep, the Cost of Wake,” may be read in the March 22 issue of PLOS One.
Sleep: It Boosts 2 Types of Memory You Need
This information is a big deal. All “memories” are not the same. There are different types or classifications of memory. Declarative memory, the focus of the study, “refers to the ability to consciously remember facts and events.” (Like the year King George did whatever or what happened in Lobban v R.)
Declarative memory may be further broken down into episodic memory (memory for events) and semantic memory (memory for facts about the world). Amazingly, it would seem that sleeping after studying boosts both types.
“Our study confirms that sleeping directly after learning something new is beneficial for memory. What’s novel about this study is that we tried to shine light on sleep’s influence on both types of declarative memory by studying semantically unrelated and related word pairs,” Payne says.
The Obvious Advice for You
To improve your recollection of what you study, plan your day to ensure your sleep hours come shortly after studying.
“Since we found that sleeping soon after learning benefited both types of memory, this means that it would be a good thing to rehearse any information you need to remember just prior to going to bed. In some sense, you may be ‘telling’ the sleeping brain what to consolidate.”
It’s FREE, SIMPLE and EASY to get almost anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night. Why not try it see how it works out? Let me know what you decide to do, and the results. I have exams in a month as well – you will certainly hear my side.
Well what do you think? Please share.