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Hey it's around 1 to 3 weeks from our HSC exams but for the current two to three days I felt like whenever I tried to remember the contents (Like memorise a legislation by repeating it for ten minutes 'try') I just forget about it like two days after. It used to work for me but somehow my brain doesn't work anymore. Same for my Modern History and it only comes back into my mind when I really look at my notes. Has anyone experienced this before and how did you dealt with it?
 

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Note: I'm just aiming to study at least 8 or 12 hrs a day.
 

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This is just my 2 cents. It could be because you're studying method only imprints this knowledge into your short-term memory and not into your long-term memory.

Long-term memory is achieved through spacing the repetition (eg. memorise it one day --> practice it two days later --> practice a week later) of your memorising and using active recall (eg. questioning yourself on a certain part).

After you've memorised it once try to minimise the amount of times you look at your notes as spending that time digging through your brain to try to find that missing piece of info actually strengthens the neuron connection and makes it easier to recall the next time.

Hope this helps and good luck with your HSC mate :)
 

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This is just my 2 cents. It could be because you're studying method only imprints this knowledge into your short-term memory and not into your long-term memory.

Long-term memory is achieved through spacing the repetition (eg. memorise it one day --> practice it two days later --> practice a week later) of your memorising and using active recall (eg. questioning yourself on a certain part).

After you've memorised it once try to minimise the amount of times you look at your notes as spending that time digging through your brain to try to find that missing piece of info actually strengthens the neuron connection and makes it easier to recall the next time.

Hope this helps and good luck with your HSC mate :)
This. Space repetition and active recall is scientifically proven to be the best way to study. Use Anki. Though I'm not sure if its effective to implement when it's so close to the HSC.
 

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At least 8-12 hours a day is way too much, you're prob tired af if you've been doing that for a while. If you rest a day it might fix itself. If you're learning or doing intensive work 8-12 hrs a day your brain is going to be fatigued. If you're fatigued you can't perform as well - the same as if your legs hurt from walking 10hrs the day before you prob won't be able to run very well the next day. Your memory also has its limits, it would be unrealistic if you could do something for 8-12hrs and remember all of it. When you study that much the diminishing returns are working against you and you might be getting to a point where studying more is actually not helping at all because you can't remember more of the new stuff and you're starting to forget the stuff from hours 1-4 for example.

This is also why I think ppl can study hard the day before after doing nothing for weeks and get decent results (not in hsc obv but normal small tests) - because they are not fatigued at all and their memory is completely free unlike if you study 8-12 hrs a day.
 

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I'd definitely recommend using spaced repetition as AKONS recommended above. You could use Anki to do this, I started using it this year and it has definitely helped a lot.
 

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aside from looking at notes, have you tried any practice questions? you might find that it all just floods back when u see a specific question (for modern at least).
 

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aside from looking at notes, have you tried any practice questions? you might find that it all just floods back when u see a specific question (for modern at least).
Ye that's what I'm always doing, but it doesn't really floods back though
 

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Hmm I'll go for the flashcards then
 

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Hmm I'll go for the flashcards then
I think this is a good idea because it is active recall. Just repeating it for ten minutes is passive, which isn't engaging your brain as much and thereby has a far smaller retention rate.
 

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I'd definitely recommend using spaced repetition as AKONS recommended above. You could use Anki to do this, I started using it this year and it has definitely helped a lot.
G'day turtle67

Which Anki app is that? I tried searching it up and it came up with 15 different apps.
 

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G'day turtle67

Which Anki app is that? I tried searching it up and it came up with 15 different apps.
The one that cost $25, however you can simply as someone already mentioned, make your flashcards on computer and then use the Safari version of Anki called Ankiweb.
 

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quizlets also works quite well and it's on your phone too but ofc it doesn't plan the repetition for you.
there's also the Leitner system where you can write out your flashcards and place them in boxes depending on how well you know them
anki is the most customisable though once you learn how to use it
 

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quizlets also works quite well and it's on your phone too but ofc it doesn't plan the repetition for you.
there's also the Leitner system where you can write out your flashcards and place them in boxes depending on how well you know them
anki is the most customisable though once you learn how to use it
Agreed, though I think Quizlet is better for cramming.
 

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