Why Students Forget And What You Can Do About It


Students have a common problem which is not being able to remember the concepts that they learn in the classroom. This has a reason behind it, so, it is normal up to a certain extent. We see and hear a lot of things on a daily basis, but definitely, we don’t remember everything as our brain absorbs a lot of information which it considers as useless. For instance – the number plate of a car in front of you or an advertisement on the street are the things that we usually see every other day but as they are not related to us, we simply forget them. So, in the case of students, it is natural to forget things that they don’t relate to but this has to be stopped. In order to decrease this problem among the students, we have to understand the reason. So that students can learn major subjects like maths, physics, biology and chemistry in an efficient way without forgetting the concepts.

Here are the tips to combat the problem of forgetting:

1. Interference:
This happens in case of every subject that is taught in class. The topics that are taught today interferes with the topics that were taught yesterday i.e the teacher may teach a theory concept on one day and the following day may teach be a topic of numerical. To deal with this problem, it is advised to repeat and review the taught topics from time to time on a regular basis. This way the students will be able to refresh all the concepts and remember them for a longer period of time. Teachers should also teach the materials in a structured way. Students should be given time to revise before the exam starts.

2. Frequent practice tests:
Practice tests are a great help to remember the concepts forever. So, it is advised to give practice tests and mock tests on a regular basis which can boost long-term retention. So, remembering concepts for longer will not only make you feel more confident but also will help you to score satisfactory marks in the examinations. You can find many practice tests online and in educational applications that come with a time limit to increase your accuracy of answering questions.

3. Peer-to-peer explanation:
When students explain what they’ve learned to peers, fading memories are reactivated, strengthened, and consolidated. This strategy not only increases retention but also encourages active learning.

These are some of the strategies that the students can use to help in remembering concepts that have been learned in class.

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